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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Swinnow

If you've moved and have questions about Swinnow? Our complete guide to utilities in Swinnow will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Swinnow water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Swinnow.

About Swinnow, West Yorkshire

Swinnow LS13 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Swinnow?

Swinnow 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 Swinnow

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Swinnow water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 Swinnow

Water bill in Swinnow

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

Metered Customers in Swinnow

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Swinnow 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 Swinnow home.

Unmetered Customers in Swinnow

Customers who don't have a meter at their Swinnow home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Swinnow home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Swinnow is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Swinnow 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Swinnow might work out 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 Swinnow?

The average water bill Swinnow residents are billed is £15.50 each month, that's £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Swinnow water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details with Yorkshire Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Swinnow bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Swinnow?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Swinnow LS13, 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.

Swinnow Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Swinnow

Is tap water in Swinnow safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Swinnow come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Swinnow:

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

Is the water hard in Swinnow

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 Swinnow is below 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Swinnow is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Swinnow over. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Swinnow No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Swinnow water leak or flooding

Swinnow water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Swinnow home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Swinnow taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Swinnow water this could be down to 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 affect it by infusing your Swinnow water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Swinnow water.

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

Broadband Speed in Swinnow LS13

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The speed of your internet connection at your Swinnow home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • 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 see how it compares to the average internet speed in Swinnow with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Swinnow Average Download Speed Swinnow Average Upload Speed
73.85 Mbps 19.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Swinnow. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Swinnow?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Swinnow.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Swinnow is what's available. Whilst many homes in Swinnow should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Swinnow?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Swinnow
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Swinnow homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Swinnow.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Swinnow.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Swinnow broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Swinnow. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Swinnow. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Swinnow Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Swinnow also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Swinnow home is something to think about.

Swinnow broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Swinnow internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, 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 selecting an internet provider in Swinnow.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Swinnow?

The average internet speed in Swinnow is:

Swinnow Average Download Speed Swinnow Average Upload Speed
73.85 Mbps 19.10 Mbps

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

To put it 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Swinnow, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Swinnow home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Swinnow.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Swinnow

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Swinnow is 01806. When making a call to someone in Swinnow, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Swinnow call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Swinnow

Residents of Swinnow are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional 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 Swinnow home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Swinnow distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Swinnow in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Swinnow

The electricity distribution network operator for Swinnow 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Swinnow

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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 Swinnow

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Swinnow, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Swinnow.

Closest five municipalities to Swinnow
Municipality Distance from Swinnow
Stanningley 1.66 miles
Calverley 1.66 miles
Farsley 1.66 miles
Pudsey 1.66 miles