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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Sowerby

If you've moved and have questions about Sowerby? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Sowerby will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Sowerby water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Sowerby.

About Sowerby, West Yorkshire

Sowerby HX6 has a population of 4,249 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Sowerby?

Sowerby water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Sowerby

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Sowerby water account.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Yorkshire Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Sowerby

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Water rates in Sowerby will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Sowerby water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Sowerby water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Sowerby

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Sowerby home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Sowerby home.

Unmetered Customers in Sowerby

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Sowerby home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Sowerby home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Sowerby is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Sowerby water rates would 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Sowerby might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Sowerby?

The average water bill Sowerby residents are billed is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Sowerby water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Sowerby bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Sowerby?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sowerby HX6, 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.

Sowerby Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sowerby

Is water from the tap in Sowerby safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sowerby come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sowerby:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Sowerby

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 Sowerby is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Sowerby is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Sowerby contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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 which means they should last longer.

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

Sowerby No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Sowerby water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Sowerby property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Sowerby taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Sowerby 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 impermeate the Sowerby water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Sowerby water.

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

Broadband in Sowerby HX6

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Sowerby 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 are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Sowerby 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?

Sowerby Average Download Speed Sowerby Average Upload Speed
55.05 Mbps 10.35 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Sowerby. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Sowerby?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Sowerby.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Sowerby is what's available. Most homes in Sowerby should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Sowerby?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Sowerby
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Sowerby homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Sowerby.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Sowerby.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Sowerby broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Sowerby. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Sowerby. 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 which affects millions of BT customers.

Sowerby Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Sowerby must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Sowerby home is something to think about.

Sowerby broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Sowerby internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Sowerby.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Sowerby?

The average speed of broadband in Sowerby is:

Sowerby Average Download Speed Sowerby Average Upload Speed
55.05 Mbps 10.35 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 reduces as you get further away 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Sowerby, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Sowerby property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Sowerby.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Sowerby

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Sowerby is 01845. When making a call to someone in Sowerby, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01845 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01845 Sowerby call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Sowerby

Residents of Sowerby are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Sowerby home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Sowerby distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Sowerby in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Sowerby

The electricity distribution network operator for Sowerby 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 Sowerby

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Sowerby

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Sowerby, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Sowerby.

Closest five municipalities to Sowerby
Municipality Distance from Sowerby
Rishworth -
Ripponden -
Norland -
West Vale 3.3 miles
Stainland 3.3 miles