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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Walton (Wakefield)

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

About Walton (Wakefield), West Yorkshire

Walton (Wakefield) WF2 has a population of 3,231 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Walton (Wakefield)?

Walton (Wakefield) water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Walton (Wakefield)

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Walton (Wakefield) water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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 even send your message through 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 Walton (Wakefield)

Water bill in Walton (Wakefield)

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

Metered Customers in Walton (Wakefield)

Customers that have a water meter at their Walton (Wakefield) house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Yorkshire Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Walton (Wakefield) home.

Unmetered Customers in Walton (Wakefield)

Customers without a meter at their Walton (Wakefield) home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Walton (Wakefield) home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Walton (Wakefield) is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Walton (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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Walton (Wakefield) may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Walton (Wakefield)?

The average water bill Walton (Wakefield) residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Walton (Wakefield) water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Walton (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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Walton (Wakefield)?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Walton (Wakefield) WF2, 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.

Walton (Wakefield) Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Walton (Wakefield) have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Walton (Wakefield)

Is tap water in Walton (Wakefield) safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Walton (Wakefield) come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Walton (Wakefield):

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

How hard is the water in Walton (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 water hardness in Walton (Wakefield) is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Walton (Wakefield) is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Walton (Wakefield) 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Walton (Wakefield) No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Walton (Wakefield) home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Walton (Wakefield).

If there is no water at your Walton (Wakefield) home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Walton (Wakefield).

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. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Walton (Wakefield) water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, 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 Walton (Wakefield) taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Walton (Wakefield) 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 affect it by infusing your Walton (Wakefield) water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Walton (Wakefield) water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Walton (Wakefield) WF2

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Walton (Wakefield) home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Walton (Wakefield) with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Walton (Wakefield) Average Download Speed Walton (Wakefield) Average Upload Speed
73.07 Mbps 14.97 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Walton (Wakefield). An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Walton (Wakefield)?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Walton (Wakefield).

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Walton (Wakefield) is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Walton (Wakefield) should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Walton (Wakefield)?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Walton (Wakefield)
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Walton (Wakefield) homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Walton (Wakefield).
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Walton (Wakefield).
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Walton (Wakefield) broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Walton (Wakefield). There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Walton (Wakefield). 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 affects millions of BT customers.

Walton (Wakefield) Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Walton (Wakefield) also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Walton (Wakefield) home is going to be important.

Walton (Wakefield) broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Walton (Wakefield) broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Walton (Wakefield).

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Walton (Wakefield) have about broadband internet.

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How fast is the broadband in Walton (Wakefield)?

The average speed of broadband in Walton (Wakefield) is:

Walton (Wakefield) Average Download Speed Walton (Wakefield) Average Upload Speed
73.07 Mbps 14.97 Mbps

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

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 speed will be slower the further away you are 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 Walton (Wakefield), from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Walton (Wakefield) house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Walton (Wakefield).

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 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 across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Walton (Wakefield)

Corded telephone area code Walton (Wakefield)

The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Walton (Wakefield) is 01924. If you call someone in Walton (Wakefield), and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01924 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01924 Walton (Wakefield) call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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 Walton (Wakefield)

Residents in Walton (Wakefield) can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

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 Walton (Wakefield) home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Walton (Wakefield) distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Walton (Wakefield) right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Walton (Wakefield)

The electricity distribution network operator for Walton (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

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 Walton (Wakefield)

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

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 tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Walton (Wakefield)

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Walton (Wakefield), in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Walton (Wakefield).