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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Sowood

If you just moved and have some questions about Sowood? Our complete guide to utilities in Sowood is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Sowood water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Sowood.

About Sowood, West Yorkshire

Sowood HX4 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Sowood?

Sowood water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Sowood

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your Sowood water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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

Cost of water in Sowood

Water bill in Sowood

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

Metered Customers in Sowood

Customers with a water meter at their Sowood 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Sowood home.

Unmetered Customers in Sowood

Customers without a meter at their Sowood home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Sowood home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Sowood is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Sowood 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Sowood might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Sowood?

The average water bill Sowood residents are being charged is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Sowood water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Sowood bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Sowood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sowood HX4, 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.

Sowood Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Sowood have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sowood

Is the tap water in Sowood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sowood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sowood:

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

Is the water hard in Sowood

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Sowood contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Sowood No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Sowood home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Sowood.

If there is no water at your Sowood 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 Sowood.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Sowood water leak or flooding

Sowood water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Sowood 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 Sowood property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Sowood taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Sowood water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Sowood water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Sowood water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Sowood HX4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Sowood home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Sowood with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Sowood Average Download Speed Sowood Average Upload Speed
59.50 Mbps 11.57 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Sowood. 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, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Sowood?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Sowood.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Sowood is what's available. Most homes in Sowood should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Sowood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Sowood
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Sowood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Sowood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Sowood.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Sowood broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Sowood. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Sowood. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Sowood Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Sowood also needs consideration, 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.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Sowood home is going to be important.

Sowood broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Sowood broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Sowood.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Sowood ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Sowood?

The average speed of broadband in Sowood is:

Sowood Average Download Speed Sowood Average Upload Speed
59.50 Mbps 11.57 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Sowood, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Sowood home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Sowood.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Sowood

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Sowood is 01806. If you call someone in Sowood, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Sowood call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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 in Sowood

Residents of Sowood can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Sowood home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Sowood distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Sowood in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Sowood

The electricity distribution network operator for Sowood 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 Sowood

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Sowood

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Sowood, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Sowood.

Closest five municipalities to Sowood
Municipality Distance from Sowood
Stainland -
Holywell Green -
Greetland -
Barkisland -
Elland 1.28 miles