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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Swillington

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

About Swillington, West Yorkshire

Swillington LS26 has a population of 3,088 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Swillington?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Swillington

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Swillington water issues.

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
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Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send 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 Swillington

Water bill in Swillington

Water rates in Swillington are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Swillington water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Swillington water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Swillington

Customers that have a water meter at their Swillington 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Swillington home.

Unmetered Customers in Swillington

Customers without a meter at their Swillington home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Swillington home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Swillington will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Swillington water rates will 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Swillington could be cheaper.

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 Swillington?

The average water bill Swillington residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Swillington water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Swillington bill. While some customers like an 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 Swillington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Swillington LS26, 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.

Swillington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Swillington

Is water from the tap in Swillington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Swillington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Swillington:

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

How hard is the water in Swillington

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 Swillington is fewer than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Swillington is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Swillington more 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. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Swillington.

  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.

Swillington No Water

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

If there is no water at your Swillington home, is the problem 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 Swillington.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Swillington water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Swillington property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Swillington taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Swillington 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 impermeate the Swillington 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 Swillington water.

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

Broadband in Swillington LS26

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Swillington home is dependant upon 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 find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Swillington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Swillington Average Download Speed Swillington Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Swillington. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Swillington?

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. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Swillington.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Swillington is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Swillington should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Swillington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Swillington
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Swillington 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 Swillington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Swillington.
    • 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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Swillington broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Swillington. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Swillington. 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.

Swillington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Swillington also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Swillington home is going to be important.

Swillington broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Swillington broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Swillington.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Swillington have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Swillington?

The average internet speed in Swillington is:

Swillington Average Download Speed Swillington Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Swillington, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Swillington home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant 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 pick for a broadband service in Swillington.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 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 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 have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Swillington

Corded telephone area code Swillington

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Swillington is 01806. When making a call to someone in Swillington, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Swillington call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different 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.

Electricity and Gas in Swillington

Residents of Swillington are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Swillington home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Swillington distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Swillington below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Swillington

The electricity distribution network operator for Swillington 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 Swillington

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other types 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 being built.

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 aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Swillington

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Swillington, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Swillington.