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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Shaw Cross

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

About Shaw Cross, West Yorkshire

Shaw Cross WF12 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Shaw Cross?

Shaw Cross water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Shaw Cross

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Shaw Cross water problems.

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
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Write to Yorkshire Water

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

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

Water rates in Shaw Cross

Water bill in Shaw Cross

Water rates in Shaw Cross depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Shaw Cross water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Shaw Cross water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Shaw Cross

Customers with a water meter at their Shaw Cross property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Shaw Cross home.

Unmetered Customers in Shaw Cross

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Shaw Cross home will pay 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 Shaw Cross home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Shaw Cross will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Shaw Cross 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Shaw Cross might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Shaw Cross?

The average water bill Shaw Cross residents are charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Shaw Cross water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with Yorkshire Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Shaw Cross bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Shaw Cross?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Shaw Cross WF12, 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.

Shaw Cross Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Shaw Cross have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Shaw Cross

Is water from the tap in Shaw Cross safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Shaw Cross come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Shaw Cross:

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

How hard is the water in Shaw Cross

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 Shaw Cross is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Shaw Cross is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Shaw Cross contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Shaw Cross.

Shaw Cross No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Shaw Cross home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Shaw Cross.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Shaw Cross water leak or flooding

Shaw Cross water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Shaw Cross 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 Shaw Cross property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Shaw Cross taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Shaw Cross water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Shaw Cross WF12

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The broadband speed you get at your Shaw Cross home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Shaw Cross Average Download Speed Shaw Cross Average Upload Speed
87.65 Mbps 17.13 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Shaw Cross. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Shaw Cross?

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 covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Shaw Cross.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Shaw Cross is the availability. The majority of homes in Shaw Cross should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Shaw Cross?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Shaw Cross
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Shaw Cross homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Shaw Cross.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Shaw Cross.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Shaw Cross broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Shaw Cross. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Shaw Cross. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Shaw Cross Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Shaw Cross also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Shaw Cross home will be an important thing to consider.

Shaw Cross broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Shaw Cross broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Shaw Cross.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Shaw Cross ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Shaw Cross?

The average broadband speed in Shaw Cross is:

Shaw Cross Average Download Speed Shaw Cross Average Upload Speed
87.65 Mbps 17.13 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 - 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Shaw Cross, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Shaw Cross property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Shaw Cross.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Shaw Cross

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Shaw Cross is 01806. When making a call to someone in Shaw Cross, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Shaw Cross 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, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Shaw Cross

People living in Shaw Cross can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Shaw Cross home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Shaw Cross distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Shaw Cross in this section.

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 Shaw Cross

The electricity distribution network operator for Shaw Cross 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 Shaw Cross

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Shaw Cross

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Shaw Cross, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Shaw Cross.

Closest five municipalities to Shaw Cross
Municipality Distance from Shaw Cross
Savile Town 0.01 miles
Dewsbury 0.01 miles
Chickenley 0.01 miles
Thornhill Lees 0.01 miles
Monk Fryston 1.02 miles