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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in West Park

If you just moved and have some questions about West Park? Our complete guide to utilities in West Park is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and West Park water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in West Park.

About West Park, West Yorkshire

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

Who supplies my water in West Park?

West Park water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for West Park

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to discuss your West Park water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

Price of water in West Park

Water bill in West Park

Water rates in West Park are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your West Park water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered West Park water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in West Park

Customers with a water meter at their West Park 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 cover the consumption at your West Park home.

Unmetered Customers in West Park

Customers who don't have a meter at their West Park home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your West Park home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in West Park is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your West Park water rates would have been 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your West Park might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in West Park?

The average water bill West Park residents are billed is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my West Park water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 West Park bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 West Park?

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

West Park Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in West Park

Is tap water in West Park safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in West Park come from?

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

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

Is the water hard in West Park

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 rating in West Park is less than 200ppm, this means the water in West Park is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in West Park over. 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in West Park.

  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.

West Park No Water

If you have no water in your West Park home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in West Park.

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

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 the reason your home has 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

West Park water leak or flooding

West Park water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your West Park 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 West Park property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in West Park taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your West Park water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the West Park water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to West Park water.

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

Broadband in West Park LS16

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The speed of your internet connection at your West Park home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for West Park with our fast and simple speed test.

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

West Park Average Download Speed West Park Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in West Park. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in West Park?

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. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in West Park.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in West Park is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in West Park 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in West Park?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in West Park
    • We can split fibre connections 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 broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of West Park homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of West Park.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in West Park.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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West Park broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in West Park. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in West Park. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

West Park Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in West Park also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your West Park home is going to be important.

West Park broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your West Park broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in West Park.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in West Park?

The average internet speed in West Park is:

West Park Average Download Speed West Park Average Upload Speed
78.55 Mbps 16.88 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 West Park, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your West Park property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in West Park.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for West Park

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for West Park is 01806. If you're calling somebody in West Park, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 West Park call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 West Park

Residents in West Park are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the West Park distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers West Park in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in West Park

The electricity distribution network operator for West Park 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 West Park

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near West Park

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby West Park, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to West Park.