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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Thornton

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

About Thornton, West Yorkshire

Thornton BD13 has a population of 991 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Thornton?

Thornton water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Thornton

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Thornton water account.

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, 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

Price of water in Thornton

Water bill in Thornton

Water rates in Thornton depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Thornton water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Thornton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Thornton

Customers that have a water meter at their Thornton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Thornton home.

Unmetered Customers in Thornton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Thornton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Thornton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Thornton will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Thornton water rates would 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? 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 Thornton could be 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 Thornton?

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

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How do I pay my Thornton water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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 Thornton 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 Thornton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Thornton BD13, 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.

Thornton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Thornton

Is tap water in Thornton safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Thornton. You can rest assured that Thornton water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Thornton water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Thornton water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Thornton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Thornton:

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

How hard is the water in Thornton

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Thornton contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Thornton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Thornton home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Thornton.

If there is no water at your Thornton home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Thornton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Thornton water leak or flooding

Thornton water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Thornton home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Thornton property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  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, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Thornton taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Thornton water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Thornton BD13

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Thornton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Thornton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Thornton Average Download Speed Thornton Average Upload Speed
94.76 Mbps 15.54 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Thornton. 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's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Thornton?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Thornton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Thornton is the availability. Whilst many homes in Thornton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Thornton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Thornton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 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 internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Thornton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Thornton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Thornton.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Thornton broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Thornton. You will see many broadband providers are 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 Thornton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Thornton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Thornton should also be considered, with so many people that work 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 watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Thornton home is something to think about.

Thornton broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Thornton broadband internet 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 a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Thornton.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Thornton have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Thornton?

The average broadband speed in Thornton is:

Thornton Average Download Speed Thornton Average Upload Speed
94.76 Mbps 15.54 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Thornton, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Thornton home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should pick when getting connected in Thornton.

Usual Internet habits 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Thornton

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

How much does an 01806 Thornton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your 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 a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Thornton

People living in Thornton are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Thornton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Thornton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Thornton below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Thornton

The electricity distribution network operator for Thornton 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 Thornton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Thornton

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

Closest five municipalities to Thornton
Municipality Distance from Thornton
Cullingworth -
Denholme -
Clayton 1.27 miles
Lower Grange 2.78 miles
Manningham 2.78 miles