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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Scholes

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

About Scholes, West Yorkshire

Scholes BD19 has a population of 2,266 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Scholes?

Scholes water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Scholes

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Scholes water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main 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
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Write to Yorkshire Water

Additionally, you can communicate 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

Cost of water in Scholes

Water bill in Scholes

Water rates in Scholes will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Scholes water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Scholes water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Scholes

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

Unmetered Customers in Scholes

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Scholes home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Scholes home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Scholes is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Scholes 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 are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Scholes may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Scholes?

The average water bill Scholes residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Scholes water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Scholes bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Scholes?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Scholes BD19, 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.

Scholes Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Scholes have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Scholes

Is tap water in Scholes safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Scholes. You can rest assured that Scholes water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Scholes 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 Scholes water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Scholes come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Scholes:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Scholes

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 Scholes is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Scholes is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Scholes contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Scholes.

Scholes No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Scholes home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Scholes.

If there is no water at your Scholes home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Scholes.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Scholes water leak or flooding

Scholes water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Scholes home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

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

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Scholes taste strange?

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

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Scholes BD19

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Scholes home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Scholes with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Scholes Average Download Speed Scholes Average Upload Speed
50.60 Mbps 9.30 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Scholes. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Scholes?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Scholes.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Scholes is what's available. The majority of homes in Scholes can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Scholes?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Scholes
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Scholes homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Scholes.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Scholes.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Scholes broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Scholes. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Scholes. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Scholes Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Scholes must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Scholes home is going to be important.

Scholes broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Scholes broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Scholes.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Scholes?

The average broadband speed in Scholes is:

Scholes Average Download Speed Scholes Average Upload Speed
50.60 Mbps 9.30 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Scholes, 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 Scholes home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Scholes.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 100+ Mbps Broadband

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

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Scholes

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Scholes is 01806. If you call someone in Scholes, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Scholes call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, 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 calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Scholes

Residents of Scholes are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Scholes distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Scholes right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Scholes

The electricity distribution network operator for Scholes 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 Scholes

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Scholes

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

Closest five municipalities to Scholes
Municipality Distance from Scholes
Gomersal -
Bailiff Bridge 2.06 miles
Brighouse 2.06 miles
Rastrick 2.06 miles