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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Tinshill

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

About Tinshill, West Yorkshire

Tinshill LS16 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Tinshill?

Tinshill water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Tinshill

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

In the table below we have listed the main 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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Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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 Tinshill

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Water rates in Tinshill are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Tinshill water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Tinshill water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Tinshill

Customers that have a water meter at their Tinshill 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 Tinshill home.

Unmetered Customers in Tinshill

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Tinshill home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Tinshill home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Tinshill is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Tinshill water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Tinshill may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Tinshill?

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

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How do I pay my Tinshill water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Tinshill bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Tinshill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Tinshill LS16, 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.

Tinshill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Tinshill

Is water from the tap in Tinshill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Tinshill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Tinshill:

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

How hard is the water in Tinshill

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 Tinshill is fewer than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Tinshill is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Tinshill 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Tinshill.

  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.

Tinshill No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Tinshill home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Tinshill.

If there is no water at your Tinshill home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Tinshill.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. 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. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Tinshill water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Tinshill property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Tinshill taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Tinshill 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 Tinshill water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Tinshill water.

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

Broadband in Tinshill LS16

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Tinshill 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?

Tinshill Average Download Speed Tinshill Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Tinshill. 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 homes 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.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Tinshill?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Tinshill.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Tinshill is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Tinshill should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Tinshill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Tinshill
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Tinshill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Tinshill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Tinshill.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Tinshill broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Tinshill. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Tinshill. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Tinshill Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Tinshill must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your 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 Tinshill home is going to be important.

Tinshill broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Tinshill broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Tinshill.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Tinshill?

The average speed of broadband in Tinshill is:

Tinshill Average Download Speed Tinshill Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Tinshill, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Tinshill house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Tinshill.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Tinshill

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

How much does an 01806 Tinshill call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Tinshill

Residents in Tinshill are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Tinshill home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Tinshill distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Tinshill right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Tinshill

The electricity distribution network operator for Tinshill 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 Tinshill

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

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 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Tinshill

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Tinshill, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Tinshill.