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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Wakefield

Are you moving and want to know more about Wakefield? Our utilities guide to Wakefield is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Wakefield water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Wakefield.

About Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Wakefield WF1 has a population of 99,251 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Wakefield?

Wakefield water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Wakefield

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Wakefield water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water telephone number Yorkshire Water Emergency telephone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Cost of water in Wakefield

Water bill in Wakefield

Water rates in Wakefield depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Wakefield water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Wakefield water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Wakefield

Customers with a water meter at their Wakefield 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Wakefield home.

Unmetered Customers in Wakefield

Customers who don't have a meter at their Wakefield 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 Wakefield home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Wakefield is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Wakefield water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Wakefield may save you money.

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 Wakefield?

The average water bill Wakefield residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Wakefield water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Wakefield bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Wakefield?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wakefield WF1, 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.

Wakefield Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Wakefield have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wakefield

Is tap water in Wakefield safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Wakefield come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wakefield:

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

Is the water hard in Wakefield

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 Wakefield is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Wakefield is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Wakefield contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Wakefield.

Wakefield No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Wakefield home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Wakefield.

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

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have 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.

Wakefield water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Wakefield property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Yorkshire Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Wakefield taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Wakefield water this may be due 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 infuse the Wakefield 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 Wakefield water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Wakefield WF1

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The broadband speed you get at your Wakefield home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Wakefield with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Wakefield Average Download Speed Wakefield Average Upload Speed
72.50 Mbps 14.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Wakefield. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Wakefield?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Wakefield.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Wakefield is the availability. Whilst many homes in Wakefield can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to 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 Wakefield?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Wakefield
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Wakefield homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Wakefield.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Wakefield.
    • 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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Wakefield broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Wakefield. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Wakefield. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Wakefield Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Wakefield must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Wakefield home is going to be important.

Wakefield broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Wakefield broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Wakefield.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Wakefield ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Wakefield?

The average broadband speed in Wakefield is:

Wakefield Average Download Speed Wakefield Average Upload Speed
72.50 Mbps 14.50 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Wakefield, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Wakefield property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Wakefield.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Wakefield

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Wakefield is 01924. When making a call to someone in Wakefield, and you are in a different area, you should add 01924 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01924 Wakefield call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Wakefield

Residents in Wakefield are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Wakefield home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Wakefield distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Wakefield right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Wakefield

The electricity distribution network operator for Wakefield 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Wakefield

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Wakefield

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

Closest five municipalities to Wakefield
Municipality Distance from Wakefield
Kirkthorpe 0.01 miles
Eastmoor 0.01 miles
Alverthorpe 0.01 miles
Tingley 1.06 miles