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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Swarcliffe

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

About Swarcliffe, West Yorkshire

Swarcliffe LS14 has a population of 6,751 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Swarcliffe?

Swarcliffe water utilities are supplied by United Utilities. Here are the main contact numbers for United Utilities, and Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water providers in Swarcliffe

Ringing a contact number for United Utilities or Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Swarcliffe water problems.

United Utilities phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities phone number United Utilities Emergency phone number
0345 672 2888 0345 672 3723
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Yorkshire Water phone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main 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

Write to United Utilities or Yorkshire Water

You can also get in touch with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website.

United Utilities

Customer that want to post a letter to United Utilities can do so by writing to the United Utilities address below:

United Utilities Address
United Utilities, PO Box 453
Warrington
WA55 1SE

Yorkshire Water

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 Swarcliffe

Water bill in Swarcliffe

Water rates in Swarcliffe will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Swarcliffe water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Swarcliffe water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Swarcliffe

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Swarcliffe property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Swarcliffe home.

Unmetered Customers in Swarcliffe

Customers without a meter at their Swarcliffe home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Swarcliffe home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Swarcliffe is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Swarcliffe 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Swarcliffe might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Swarcliffe?

The average water bill Swarcliffe residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Annually
United Utilities £16.83 £202
Yorkshire Water £15.50 £186
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How do I pay my Swarcliffe water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with United Utilities or Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with United Utilities or 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 Swarcliffe bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your United Utilities or 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 Swarcliffe?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Swarcliffe LS14, your water suppliers are United Utilities and 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.

Swarcliffe Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Swarcliffe

Is tap water in Swarcliffe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Swarcliffe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Swarcliffe:

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

Is the water hard in Swarcliffe

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 Swarcliffe is less than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Swarcliffe is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Swarcliffe higher than. medium water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Swarcliffe.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Swarcliffe No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact United Utilities or Yorkshire Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of United Utilities or Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Swarcliffe water leak or flooding

Swarcliffe water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Swarcliffe 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 Swarcliffe property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call United Utilities or Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the United Utilities or Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Swarcliffe taste strange?

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

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

Broadband in Swarcliffe LS14

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Swarcliffe 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?

Swarcliffe Average Download Speed Swarcliffe Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Swarcliffe. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Swarcliffe.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Swarcliffe is what's available. Whilst many homes in Swarcliffe should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Swarcliffe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Swarcliffe
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Swarcliffe homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Swarcliffe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Swarcliffe.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Swarcliffe broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Swarcliffe. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Swarcliffe. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Swarcliffe Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Swarcliffe also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Swarcliffe home will be an important thing to consider.

Swarcliffe broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Swarcliffe broadband connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need 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 is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Swarcliffe.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Swarcliffe have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Swarcliffe?

The average speed of broadband in Swarcliffe is:

Swarcliffe Average Download Speed Swarcliffe Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 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 - 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Swarcliffe, from which it is connected to your property 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 Swarcliffe home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Swarcliffe.

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
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 talk to your connected 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 Swarcliffe

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Swarcliffe is 01806. When making a call to someone in Swarcliffe, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Swarcliffe call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

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

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Swarcliffe

People living in Swarcliffe can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Swarcliffe home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Swarcliffe distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Swarcliffe in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Swarcliffe

The electricity distribution network operator for Swarcliffe 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 Swarcliffe

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Swarcliffe

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

Closest five municipalities to Swarcliffe
Municipality Distance from Swarcliffe
Scarcroft -
Seacroft -
Killingbeck -
Thorner -
Gipton 2.08 miles