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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Stocksmoor

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

About Stocksmoor, West Yorkshire

Stocksmoor HD4 has a population of 1,528 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Stocksmoor?

Stocksmoor water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Stocksmoor

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Stocksmoor water problems.

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

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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 Stocksmoor

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Water rates in Stocksmoor will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Stocksmoor water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Stocksmoor water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Stocksmoor

Customers with a water meter at their Stocksmoor 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 cover the consumption at your Stocksmoor home.

Unmetered Customers in Stocksmoor

Customers without a meter at their Stocksmoor home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Stocksmoor home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Stocksmoor is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Stocksmoor 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Stocksmoor 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 Stocksmoor?

The average water bill Stocksmoor residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Stocksmoor water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Stocksmoor bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Stocksmoor?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stocksmoor HD4, 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.

Stocksmoor Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stocksmoor

Is tap water in Stocksmoor safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Stocksmoor come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stocksmoor:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Stocksmoor

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Stocksmoor 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. 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 Stocksmoor.

Stocksmoor No Water

If you have no water in your Stocksmoor home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Stocksmoor.

If there is no water at your Stocksmoor home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Stocksmoor.

If you don't have any 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 information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Stocksmoor water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Stocksmoor taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Stocksmoor HD4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Stocksmoor home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Stocksmoor with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Stocksmoor Average Download Speed Stocksmoor Average Upload Speed
91.03 Mbps 21.67 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Stocksmoor. 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.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Stocksmoor.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Stocksmoor is what's available. Whilst many homes in Stocksmoor 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Stocksmoor?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Stocksmoor
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Stocksmoor homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Stocksmoor.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Stocksmoor.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Stocksmoor broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Stocksmoor. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Stocksmoor. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Stocksmoor Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Stocksmoor also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Stocksmoor home will be an important thing to consider.

Stocksmoor broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Stocksmoor internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Stocksmoor.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Stocksmoor ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Stocksmoor?

The average internet speed in Stocksmoor is:

Stocksmoor Average Download Speed Stocksmoor Average Upload Speed
91.03 Mbps 21.67 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Stocksmoor, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Stocksmoor house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Stocksmoor.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Stocksmoor

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

How much does an 01806 Stocksmoor call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 Stocksmoor

Residents of Stocksmoor can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Stocksmoor distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Stocksmoor 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 Stocksmoor

The electricity distribution network operator for Stocksmoor 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 Stocksmoor

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Stocksmoor

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Stocksmoor, we've found the closest five municipalities to Stocksmoor.

Closest five municipalities to Stocksmoor
Municipality Distance from Stocksmoor
Newsome 0.01 miles
Farnley Tyas 0.01 miles
Crosland Moor 0.01 miles
Berry Brow 0.01 miles