A Complete Guide to Utilities in Sowerby Bridge
If you've moved and have questions about Sowerby Bridge? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Sowerby Bridge will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Sowerby Bridge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Sowerby Bridge.
About Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire
Sowerby Bridge HX6 has a population of 4,601 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 Bridge?
How to get in touch with the water supplier in Sowerby Bridge
Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Sowerby Bridge water problems.
In the table below we have listed the main phone 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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Write to Yorkshire Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting 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
Price of water in Sowerby Bridge
Water rates in Sowerby Bridge will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Sowerby Bridge water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Sowerby Bridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Sowerby Bridge
Customers with a water meter at their Sowerby Bridge home will pay a fixed annual 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Sowerby Bridge home.
Unmetered Customers in Sowerby Bridge
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Sowerby Bridge home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Sowerby Bridge home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Sowerby Bridge is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Sowerby Bridge water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.
Should I get a water meter installed?
That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Sowerby Bridge could be 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 Bridge?
The average water bill Sowerby Bridge residents are being charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.
Expensive Sowerby Bridge water bills?
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How do I pay my Sowerby Bridge water bill?
First of all, you will need to 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Sowerby Bridge bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Sowerby Bridge?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sowerby Bridge 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 Bridge Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Sowerby Bridge have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sowerby Bridge
Is the tap water in Sowerby Bridge safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Sowerby Bridge. You can rest assured that Sowerby Bridge water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Sowerby Bridge 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 Sowerby Bridge water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Sowerby Bridge come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Sowerby Bridge:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Sowerby Bridge
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 Bridge is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Sowerby Bridge is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Sowerby Bridge 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.
Water softener isn't needed at your home in Sowerby Bridge.
Sowerby Bridge No Water
If you don't have any running water in your Sowerby Bridge 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 Sowerby Bridge.
If there is no water at your Sowerby Bridge home, do you only have 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 Sowerby Bridge.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. You can also try the following:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.
Sowerby Bridge water leak or flooding
Sowerby Bridge water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Sowerby Bridge home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.
If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Sowerby Bridge property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.
Why does the water in Sowerby Bridge taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Sowerby Bridge water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Sowerby Bridge water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Sowerby Bridge water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.
Internet in Sowerby Bridge HX6
The broadband speed you get at your Sowerby Bridge home depends on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Location of the router in your home
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your broadband provider
Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Sowerby Bridge with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Sowerby Bridge Average Download Speed||Sowerby Bridge Average Upload Speed|
|55.05 Mbps||10.35 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Sowerby Bridge?
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Sowerby Bridge. 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 homes in the UK.
ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.
What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Sowerby Bridge?
It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Sowerby Bridge.
The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Sowerby Bridge is what's available. The majority of homes in Sowerby Bridge can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.
That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Sowerby Bridge?
- Fibre broadband
- This is fastest connection that's currently available in Sowerby Bridge
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to the majority of Sowerby Bridge homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Sowerby Bridge.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Sowerby Bridge?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Sowerby Bridge broadband price
You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Sowerby Bridge. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Sowerby Bridge. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Sowerby Bridge Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Sowerby Bridge also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.
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 Sowerby Bridge home will be an important thing to consider.
Sowerby Bridge broadband customer support
Finally, the technical support for your Sowerby Bridge broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Sowerby Bridge.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Sowerby Bridge ask about their broadband.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is the broadband in Sowerby Bridge?
The average broadband speed in Sowerby Bridge is:
|Sowerby Bridge Average Download Speed||Sowerby Bridge Average Upload Speed|
|55.05 Mbps||10.35 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
- Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
- FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Sowerby Bridge, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Sowerby Bridge home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .
What speed internet is best for me?
That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Sowerby Bridge.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Download Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll of the above, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.
What's the telephone dialling code of Sowerby Bridge
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Sowerby Bridge is 01806. If you call someone in Sowerby Bridge, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01806 Sowerby Bridge call cost?
If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.
If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.
How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Sowerby Bridge
Residents of Sowerby Bridge can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local network operator.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Sowerby Bridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
In many cases you won't need to contact the Sowerby Bridge distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Sowerby Bridge below.
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 Bridge
The electricity distribution network operator for Sowerby Bridge 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|
|Address||RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring
There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Sowerby Bridge
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Sowerby Bridge.
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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Sowerby Bridge
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Sowerby Bridge, we've found the five closest municipalities to Sowerby Bridge.