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A Complete Guide to Utilities in West Bowling

If you've moved and have questions about West Bowling? Our utilities guide to West Bowling will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and West Bowling water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in West Bowling.

About West Bowling, West Yorkshire

West Bowling BD5 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in West Bowling?

West Bowling water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in West Bowling

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to deal with your West Bowling water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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 write to Yorkshire Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Price of water in West Bowling

Water bill in West Bowling

Water rates in West Bowling are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your West Bowling water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered West Bowling water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in West Bowling

Customers who have a water meter installed at their West Bowling 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 West Bowling home.

Unmetered Customers in West Bowling

Customers who don't have a meter at their West Bowling home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your West Bowling home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in West Bowling is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your West Bowling 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your West Bowling 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 West Bowling?

The average water bill West Bowling residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my West Bowling water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered 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 West Bowling bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 West Bowling?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in West Bowling BD5, 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.

West Bowling Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in West Bowling

Is water from the tap in West Bowling safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in West Bowling come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply West Bowling:

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

What's the water hardness rating in West Bowling

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in West Bowling contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your 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 West Bowling.

West Bowling No Water

If you don't have any running water in your West Bowling 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 West Bowling.

If there is no water at your West Bowling home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting West Bowling.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

West Bowling water leak or flooding

West Bowling water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your West Bowling home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your 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 West Bowling taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your West Bowling 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 impermeate the West Bowling water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to West Bowling water.

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

Broadband Speed in West Bowling BD5

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The broadband speed you get at your West Bowling home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average broadband speed for West Bowling with our fast and simple speed test.

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

West Bowling Average Download Speed West Bowling Average Upload Speed
106.20 Mbps 16.90 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in West Bowling. 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.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in West Bowling?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in West Bowling.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in West Bowling is the issue of availability. Most homes in West Bowling can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in West Bowling?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in West Bowling
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of West Bowling 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 West Bowling.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in West Bowling.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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West Bowling broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in West Bowling. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal 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 connection in West Bowling. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

West Bowling Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in West Bowling 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 do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your West Bowling home will be an important thing to consider.

West Bowling broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your West Bowling internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will 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 deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in West Bowling.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in West Bowling have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in West Bowling?

The average broadband speed in West Bowling is:

West Bowling Average Download Speed West Bowling Average Upload Speed
106.20 Mbps 16.90 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in West Bowling, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your West Bowling property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in West Bowling.

Frequent internet uses Recommended 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
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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, 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 West Bowling

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for West Bowling is 01806. If you call someone in West Bowling, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 West Bowling call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

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

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in West Bowling

People living in West Bowling are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your West Bowling home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the West Bowling distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers West Bowling below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for West Bowling

The electricity distribution network operator for West Bowling 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 West Bowling

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near West Bowling

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to West Bowling, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to West Bowling.

Closest five municipalities to West Bowling
Municipality Distance from West Bowling
Little Horton -
Great Horton 0.33 miles
Lidget Green 0.33 miles
Little Germany 0.69 miles
Bradford city centre 0.69 miles