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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Thorp Arch

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

About Thorp Arch, West Yorkshire

Thorp Arch LS23 has a population of 1,505 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Thorp Arch?

Thorp Arch 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 Thorp Arch

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Thorp Arch 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 get in touch with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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 Thorp Arch

Water bill in Thorp Arch

Water rates in Thorp Arch depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Thorp Arch water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Thorp Arch water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Thorp Arch

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Thorp Arch house will pay an annual fixed 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Thorp Arch home.

Unmetered Customers in Thorp Arch

Customers without a meter at their Thorp Arch home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Thorp Arch home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Thorp Arch will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Thorp Arch 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, having a water meter installed at your Thorp Arch 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 Thorp Arch?

The average water bill Thorp Arch residents are charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Thorp Arch water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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 Thorp Arch bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Thorp Arch?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Thorp Arch LS23, 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.

Thorp Arch Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Thorp Arch

Is water from the tap in Thorp Arch safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Thorp Arch come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Thorp Arch:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Thorp Arch

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 Thorp Arch is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Thorp Arch is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Thorp Arch contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 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 Thorp Arch.

Thorp Arch No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Thorp Arch home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Thorp Arch.

If there is no water at your Thorp Arch home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Thorp Arch.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Thorp Arch water leak or flooding

Thorp Arch water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Thorp Arch 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 Thorp Arch 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 can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Thorp Arch taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Thorp Arch water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Thorp Arch water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Thorp Arch water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Thorp Arch LS23

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The broadband speed you get at your Thorp Arch home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Thorp Arch with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Thorp Arch Average Download Speed Thorp Arch Average Upload Speed
57.10 Mbps 12.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Thorp Arch. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Thorp Arch?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Thorp Arch.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Thorp Arch is the availability. The majority of homes in Thorp Arch should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Thorp Arch?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Thorp Arch
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, 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 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 Thorp Arch homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Thorp Arch.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Thorp Arch.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Thorp Arch broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Thorp Arch. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Thorp Arch. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Thorp Arch Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Thorp Arch also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Thorp Arch home will be an important thing to consider.

Thorp Arch broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Thorp Arch broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Thorp Arch.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Thorp Arch have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Thorp Arch?

The average speed of broadband in Thorp Arch is:

Thorp Arch Average Download Speed Thorp Arch Average Upload Speed
57.10 Mbps 12.50 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 fibre broadband that is 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 Thorp Arch, 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 Thorp Arch home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Thorp Arch.

Main internet uses Recommended 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
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 landline area code in Thorp Arch

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Thorp Arch is 01806. When making a call to someone in Thorp Arch, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Thorp Arch call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Thorp Arch

Residents in Thorp Arch are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Thorp Arch home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Thorp Arch distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Thorp Arch in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Thorp Arch

The electricity distribution network operator for Thorp Arch 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 Thorp Arch

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Thorp Arch

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Thorp Arch, we've found the five closest municipalities to Thorp Arch.

Closest five municipalities to Thorp Arch
Municipality Distance from Thorp Arch
Bramham -
Clifford -
Wetherby 2.96 miles