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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Scarcroft

If you've moved and have questions about Scarcroft? Our utilities guide to Scarcroft will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Scarcroft water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Scarcroft.

About Scarcroft, West Yorkshire

Scarcroft LS14 has a population of 1,194 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Scarcroft?

Scarcroft water services are provided by United Utilities. In the table below are the contact numbers for United Utilities, and Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Scarcroft

Calling a phone number for United Utilities or Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Scarcroft water problems.

United Utilities contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities contact number United Utilities Emergency contact number
0345 672 2888 0345 672 3723
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Yorkshire Water contact numbers

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Write to United Utilities or Yorkshire Water

Additionally, you can communicate with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website.

United Utilities

Customer that want to post a letter to United Utilities can do so by writing to the United Utilities address below:

United Utilities Address
United Utilities, PO Box 453
Warrington
WA55 1SE

Yorkshire Water

Customer that want to post 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

Price of water in Scarcroft

Water bill in Scarcroft

Water rates in Scarcroft depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Scarcroft water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Scarcroft water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Scarcroft

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Scarcroft house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Scarcroft home.

Unmetered Customers in Scarcroft

Customers who don't have a meter at their Scarcroft home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Scarcroft home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Scarcroft will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Scarcroft water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Scarcroft could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Scarcroft?

The average water bill Scarcroft residents are being charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
United Utilities £16.83 £202
Yorkshire Water £15.50 £186
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How do I pay my Scarcroft water bill?

You will first need to register with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with United Utilities or 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Scarcroft bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your United Utilities or 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 Scarcroft?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Scarcroft LS14, your water suppliers are United Utilities and 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.

Scarcroft Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Scarcroft

Is tap water in Scarcroft safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Scarcroft come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Scarcroft:

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

Is the water hard in Scarcroft

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 rating for water hardness in Scarcroft is below 200ppm, this means the water in Scarcroft is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Scarcroft higher than. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Scarcroft.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Scarcroft No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Scarcroft home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Scarcroft.

If there is no water at your Scarcroft home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Scarcroft.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Scarcroft water leak or flooding

Scarcroft water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Scarcroft 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 Scarcroft property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call United Utilities or Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Scarcroft taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Scarcroft water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Scarcroft water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Scarcroft water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach United Utilities or Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Scarcroft LS14

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The broadband speed you get at your Scarcroft home is dependant upon several factors such as:

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

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Scarcroft with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Scarcroft Average Download Speed Scarcroft Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Scarcroft. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Scarcroft?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Scarcroft.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Scarcroft is the availability. Most homes in Scarcroft should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Scarcroft?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Scarcroft
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Scarcroft homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Scarcroft.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Scarcroft.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Scarcroft broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Scarcroft. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Scarcroft. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Scarcroft Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Scarcroft must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Scarcroft home will be an important thing to consider.

Scarcroft broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Scarcroft broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Scarcroft.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Scarcroft?

The average broadband speed in Scarcroft is:

Scarcroft Average Download Speed Scarcroft Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Scarcroft, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Scarcroft house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Scarcroft.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Scarcroft

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Scarcroft is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Scarcroft, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Scarcroft call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Scarcroft

Residents in Scarcroft can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to contact the Scarcroft distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Scarcroft below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Scarcroft

The electricity distribution network operator for Scarcroft 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Scarcroft

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Scarcroft

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Scarcroft, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Scarcroft.

Closest five municipalities to Scarcroft
Municipality Distance from Scarcroft
Whinmoor -
Seacroft -
Killingbeck -
Thorner -
Gipton 2.08 miles