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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Sheepscar

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

About Sheepscar, West Yorkshire

Sheepscar LS7 has a population of 1,783 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Sheepscar?

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

How to reach your water provider in Sheepscar

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Sheepscar water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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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You can also get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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

Price of water in Sheepscar

Water bill in Sheepscar

Water rates in Sheepscar depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Sheepscar water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Sheepscar water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Sheepscar

Customers that have a water meter at their Sheepscar property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Sheepscar home.

Unmetered Customers in Sheepscar

Customers who don't have a meter at their Sheepscar home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Sheepscar home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Sheepscar is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Sheepscar water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Sheepscar may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Sheepscar?

The average water bill Sheepscar residents are charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Sheepscar water bill?

You will first 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 Sheepscar bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Sheepscar?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sheepscar LS7, 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.

Sheepscar Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sheepscar

Is water from the tap in Sheepscar safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sheepscar come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sheepscar:

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

Is the water hard in Sheepscar

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 Sheepscar is below 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Sheepscar is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Sheepscar more than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Sheepscar.

  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.

Sheepscar No Water

If you have no water in your Sheepscar 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 Sheepscar.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check 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, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Sheepscar water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Sheepscar property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean 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 Sheepscar taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Sheepscar 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 infuse the Sheepscar water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Sheepscar water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Sheepscar LS7

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Sheepscar with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Sheepscar Average Download Speed Sheepscar Average Upload Speed
90.45 Mbps 15.90 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Sheepscar. 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 available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Sheepscar?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Sheepscar.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Sheepscar is the availability. Whilst many homes in Sheepscar should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Sheepscar?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Sheepscar
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Sheepscar homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Sheepscar.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Sheepscar.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Sheepscar broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Sheepscar. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's 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 connection in Sheepscar. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Sheepscar Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Sheepscar must also be considered, 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 meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Sheepscar home is going to be important.

Sheepscar broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Sheepscar broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need 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 deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Sheepscar.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Sheepscar?

The average broadband speed in Sheepscar is:

Sheepscar Average Download Speed Sheepscar Average Upload Speed
90.45 Mbps 15.90 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 Sheepscar, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Sheepscar house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Sheepscar.

Frequent internet uses 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
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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Sheepscar

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Sheepscar is 01806. When making a call to someone in Sheepscar, 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 Sheepscar call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different 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 Sheepscar

People living in Sheepscar are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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 Sheepscar home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Sheepscar distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Sheepscar 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 for Sheepscar

The electricity distribution network operator for Sheepscar 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 Sheepscar

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

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 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, 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Sheepscar

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Sheepscar, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Sheepscar.