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A Complete Guide to Utilities in South Kirkby

If you've moved and have questions about South Kirkby? Our comprehensive utilities guide to South Kirkby will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and South Kirkby water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in South Kirkby.

About South Kirkby, West Yorkshire

South Kirkby WF9 has a population of 8,533 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 Kirkby?

South Kirkby water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for South Kirkby

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your South Kirkby water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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, 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 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 South Kirkby

Water bill in South Kirkby

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

Metered Customers in South Kirkby

Customers who have a water meter installed at their South Kirkby 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your South Kirkby home.

Unmetered Customers in South Kirkby

Customers that don't have a water meter at their South Kirkby home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your South Kirkby home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in South Kirkby will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your South Kirkby water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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 South Kirkby may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in South Kirkby?

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

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How do I pay my South Kirkby water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your South Kirkby bill. While some customers like an 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in South Kirkby?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in South Kirkby 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 Kirkby Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in South Kirkby

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

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

Where does the water in South Kirkby come from?

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

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

Is the water hard in South Kirkby

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 South Kirkby is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in South Kirkby is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in South Kirkby contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 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 South Kirkby.

South Kirkby No Water

If you have no water in your South Kirkby home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting South Kirkby.

If there is no water at your South Kirkby 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 South Kirkby.

If you don't have any 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 explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

South Kirkby water leak or flooding

South Kirkby water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your South Kirkby 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 South Kirkby property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in South Kirkby taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your South Kirkby water this could be because of 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 Kirkby water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to South Kirkby water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in South Kirkby WF9

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The broadband speed you get at your South Kirkby home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for South Kirkby 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?

South Kirkby Average Download Speed South Kirkby Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in South Kirkby. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in South Kirkby?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more 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 South Kirkby.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in South Kirkby is the availability. Whilst many homes in South Kirkby should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in South Kirkby?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in South Kirkby
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, 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 broadband internet 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 the majority of South Kirkby homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of South Kirkby.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in South Kirkby.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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South Kirkby broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in South Kirkby. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in South Kirkby. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

South Kirkby Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in South Kirkby must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your South Kirkby home will be an important thing to consider.

South Kirkby broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your South Kirkby 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 then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in South Kirkby.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in South Kirkby have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in South Kirkby?

The average speed of broadband in South Kirkby is:

South Kirkby Average Download Speed South Kirkby Average Upload Speed
39.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 South Kirkby, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your South Kirkby home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in South Kirkby.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus 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 across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in South Kirkby

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for South Kirkby is 01806. If you call someone in South Kirkby, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 South Kirkby call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of 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, please check with your provider before you make 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in South Kirkby

People living in South Kirkby can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your South Kirkby home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the South Kirkby distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for South Kirkby right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in South Kirkby

The electricity distribution network operator for South Kirkby 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 South Kirkby

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By South Kirkby

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