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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Seacroft

Are you moving and want to know more about Seacroft? Our complete guide to utilities in Seacroft will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Seacroft water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Seacroft.

About Seacroft, West Yorkshire

Seacroft LS14 has a population of 14,246 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Seacroft?

Seacroft water utilities are supplied 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 Seacroft

Speaking to an advisor at United Utilities or Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Seacroft water problems.

United Utilities contact numbers

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

United Utilities telephone number United Utilities Emergency telephone 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 telephone number Yorkshire Water Emergency telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website.

United Utilities

If you prefer to write 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

If you prefer to write 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 Seacroft

Water bill in Seacroft

Water rates in Seacroft will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Seacroft water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Seacroft water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Seacroft

Customers that have a water meter at their Seacroft home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Seacroft home.

Unmetered Customers in Seacroft

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Seacroft is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Seacroft water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Seacroft could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Seacroft?

The average water bill Seacroft residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

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

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with United Utilities or 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Seacroft bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your United Utilities or 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 Seacroft?

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

Seacroft Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Seacroft

Is tap water in Seacroft safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Seacroft. You can rest assured that Seacroft water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Seacroft 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 Seacroft water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Seacroft come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Seacroft:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Seacroft

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 Seacroft is below 200ppm, this means the water in Seacroft is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Seacroft over. 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in Seacroft.

  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.

Seacroft No Water

If you have no water in your Seacroft 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 Seacroft.

If there is no water at your Seacroft home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Seacroft.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities or Yorkshire Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Seacroft water leak or flooding

Seacroft water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Seacroft 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 Seacroft property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

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

Why does the water in Seacroft taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Seacroft water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Seacroft water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Seacroft water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Seacroft LS14

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The speed of your internet connection at your Seacroft home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Seacroft with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Seacroft Average Download Speed Seacroft Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Seacroft. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Seacroft?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Seacroft.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Seacroft is what's available. Most homes in Seacroft should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Seacroft?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Seacroft
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Seacroft homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Seacroft.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Seacroft.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Seacroft broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Seacroft. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Seacroft. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Seacroft Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Seacroft also needs consideration, with many of us 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 a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Seacroft home will be an important thing to consider.

Seacroft broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Seacroft broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Seacroft.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Seacroft have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Seacroft?

The average speed of broadband in Seacroft is:

Seacroft Average Download Speed Seacroft Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Seacroft, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Seacroft property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Seacroft.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 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 have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Seacroft

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Seacroft is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Seacroft, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Seacroft call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included with your 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 are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Seacroft

Residents of Seacroft are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Seacroft home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Seacroft distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Seacroft below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Seacroft

The electricity distribution network operator for Seacroft 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Seacroft

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Seacroft

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Seacroft, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Seacroft.

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