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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Southowram

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

About Southowram, West Yorkshire

Southowram HX3 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Southowram?

Southowram water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Southowram

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Southowram water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water phone number Yorkshire Water Emergency phone 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 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 Southowram

Water bill in Southowram

Water rates in Southowram are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Southowram water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Southowram water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Southowram

Customers that have a water meter at their Southowram house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 Southowram home.

Unmetered Customers in Southowram

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Southowram is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Southowram water rates will have been 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Southowram 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 Southowram?

The average water bill Southowram residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Southowram 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 Southowram 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 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 Southowram?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Southowram HX3, 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.

Southowram Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Southowram

Is tap water in Southowram safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Southowram. You can rest assured that Southowram water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Southowram water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Southowram water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Southowram come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Southowram:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Southowram

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Southowram 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Southowram.

Southowram No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Southowram home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Southowram.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. In this case you should try the following 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, 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.

Southowram water leak or flooding

Southowram water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Southowram home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Southowram property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Southowram taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Southowram 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 affect it by infusing your Southowram water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Southowram 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 Southowram HX3

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Southowram with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Southowram Average Download Speed Southowram Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Southowram. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Southowram?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Southowram.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Southowram is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Southowram can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Southowram?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Southowram
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Southowram homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Southowram.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Southowram.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Southowram broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Southowram. 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 connection in Southowram. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Southowram Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Southowram should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Southowram home will be an important thing to consider.

Southowram broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Southowram broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Southowram.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Southowram have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Southowram?

The average speed of broadband in Southowram is:

Southowram Average Download Speed Southowram Average Upload Speed
75.53 Mbps 12.37 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Southowram, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Southowram house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Southowram.

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
More than 5 devices 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Southowram

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

How much does an 01806 Southowram call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably 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 don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with 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 are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Southowram

Residents in Southowram can choose their gas and electricity supplier, 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 these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Southowram home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Southowram distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Southowram 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 Southowram

The electricity distribution network operator for Southowram 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 Southowram

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of 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

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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Southowram

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Southowram, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Southowram.