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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Saltaire

If you've moved and have questions about Saltaire? Our complete guide to utilities in Saltaire is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Saltaire water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Saltaire.

About Saltaire, West Yorkshire

Saltaire BD18 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Saltaire?

Saltaire water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Saltaire

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Saltaire water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water phone number Yorkshire Water Emergency phone number
0345 124 2424 0800 573 553
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Yorkshire Water can do so by writing to the Yorkshire Water address below:

Yorkshire Water Address
Western House, Halifax Road
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Water rates in Saltaire

Water bill in Saltaire

Water rates in Saltaire are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Saltaire water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Saltaire water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Saltaire

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Saltaire house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Saltaire home.

Unmetered Customers in Saltaire

Customers who don't have a meter at their Saltaire home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Saltaire home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Saltaire is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Saltaire water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Saltaire may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Saltaire?

The average water bill Saltaire residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Saltaire water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Saltaire bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Saltaire?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Saltaire BD18, your water supplier is Yorkshire Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Saltaire Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Saltaire have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Saltaire

Is the tap water in Saltaire safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Saltaire. You can rest assured that Saltaire water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Saltaire water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Saltaire water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Saltaire come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Saltaire:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

Is the water hard in Saltaire

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness rating in Saltaire is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Saltaire is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Saltaire contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Saltaire.

Saltaire No Water

If you have no water in your Saltaire home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Saltaire.

If there is no water at your Saltaire home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Saltaire.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Saltaire water leak or flooding

Saltaire water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Saltaire home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Saltaire property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Saltaire taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Saltaire water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Saltaire water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Saltaire water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Saltaire BD18

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Saltaire home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Saltaire with our fast and simple speed test.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Saltaire Average Download Speed Saltaire Average Upload Speed
93.40 Mbps 16.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Saltaire. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Saltaire?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Saltaire.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Saltaire is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Saltaire can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Saltaire?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Saltaire
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Saltaire homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Saltaire.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Saltaire.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Saltaire broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Saltaire. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Saltaire. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Saltaire Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Saltaire also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Saltaire home is going to be important.

Saltaire broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Saltaire broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Saltaire.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Saltaire have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Saltaire?

The average broadband speed in Saltaire is:

Saltaire Average Download Speed Saltaire Average Upload Speed
93.40 Mbps 16.20 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Saltaire, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Saltaire house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Saltaire.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Saltaire

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Saltaire is 01806. When making a call to someone in Saltaire, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Saltaire call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Saltaire

Residents in Saltaire are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Saltaire home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Saltaire distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Saltaire right here.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Saltaire

The electricity distribution network operator for Saltaire is Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire. You can find the Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire contact details in the table below:

Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 011 3332
Emergencies 0800 375 675
Email cus.serv@northernpowergrid.com
Website https://www.northernpowergrid.com/
Address RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Saltaire

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Saltaire.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Saltaire

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Saltaire, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Saltaire.

Closest five municipalities to Saltaire
Municipality Distance from Saltaire
Baildon 1.13 miles
Shipley 1.13 miles
Heaton 1.72 miles
Frizinghall 1.72 miles
Harden 1.97 miles