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A Complete Guide to Utilities in South Elmsall

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

About South Elmsall, West Yorkshire

South Elmsall WF9 has a population of 10,366 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in South Elmsall?

South Elmsall water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for South Elmsall

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your South Elmsall water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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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Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting 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

Price of water in South Elmsall

Water bill in South Elmsall

Water rates in South Elmsall are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your South Elmsall water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered South Elmsall water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in South Elmsall

Customers who have a water meter installed at their South Elmsall 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 South Elmsall home.

Unmetered Customers in South Elmsall

Customers that don't have a water meter at their South Elmsall home have 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 South Elmsall home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in South Elmsall is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your South Elmsall 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your South Elmsall may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in South Elmsall?

The average water bill South Elmsall residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my South Elmsall water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 South Elmsall bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 South Elmsall?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in South Elmsall WF9, 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.

South Elmsall Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in South Elmsall

Is water from the tap in South Elmsall safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in South Elmsall come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply South Elmsall:

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

What's the water hardness rating in South Elmsall

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 in South Elmsall is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in South Elmsall is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in South Elmsall contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in South Elmsall.

South Elmsall No Water

If you have no water in your South Elmsall home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in South Elmsall.

If there is no water at your South Elmsall home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting South Elmsall.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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 will often tweet 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.

South Elmsall water leak or flooding

South Elmsall water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your South Elmsall 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 South Elmsall property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in South Elmsall taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your South Elmsall water this could be down to 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 infuse the South Elmsall water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to South Elmsall water.

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

Broadband in South Elmsall WF9

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The speed of your internet connection at your South Elmsall home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in South Elmsall with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

South Elmsall Average Download Speed South Elmsall Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in South Elmsall. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in South Elmsall.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in South Elmsall is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in South Elmsall should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in South Elmsall?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in South Elmsall
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of South Elmsall homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of South Elmsall.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in South Elmsall.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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South Elmsall broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in South Elmsall. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in South Elmsall. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

South Elmsall Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in South Elmsall also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your South Elmsall home will be an important thing to consider.

South Elmsall broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your South Elmsall broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in South Elmsall.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in South Elmsall have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in South Elmsall?

The average broadband speed in South Elmsall is:

South Elmsall Average Download Speed South Elmsall Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 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 - 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in South Elmsall, 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 South Elmsall property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in South Elmsall.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, 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 telephone dialling code of South Elmsall

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for South Elmsall is 01806. If you're calling somebody in South Elmsall, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 South Elmsall call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in South Elmsall

People living in South Elmsall can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your South Elmsall home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in South Elmsall

The electricity distribution network operator for South Elmsall 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 South Elmsall

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

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 electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By South Elmsall

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of South Elmsall, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to South Elmsall.