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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in West Vale

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

About West Vale, West Yorkshire

West Vale HX4 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in West Vale?

West Vale water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in West Vale

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your West Vale water issues.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting 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 Vale

Water bill in West Vale

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

Metered Customers in West Vale

Customers who have a water meter installed at their West Vale house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 Vale home.

Unmetered Customers in West Vale

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in West Vale will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your West Vale 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your West Vale could be 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 Vale?

The average water bill West Vale residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 a year.

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How do I pay my West Vale water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Vale bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in West Vale?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in West Vale HX4, 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 Vale Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in West Vale

Is the tap water in West Vale safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in West Vale come from?

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

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

Is the water hard in West Vale

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in West Vale contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in West Vale.

West Vale No Water

If you have no water in your West Vale home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in West Vale.

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

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

West Vale water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in West Vale taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your West Vale water this could be down 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 impermeate the West Vale water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to West Vale water.

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

Broadband in West Vale HX4

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for West Vale with our fast and simple speed test.

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

West Vale Average Download Speed West Vale Average Upload Speed
59.50 Mbps 11.57 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in West Vale. 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 is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in West Vale?

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 could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in West Vale.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in West Vale is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in West Vale should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in West Vale?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in West Vale
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of West Vale homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of West Vale.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in West Vale.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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West Vale broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in West Vale. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in West Vale. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

West Vale Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in West Vale should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your West Vale home is going to be important.

West Vale broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your West Vale internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in West Vale.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in West Vale have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in West Vale?

The average broadband speed in West Vale is:

West Vale Average Download Speed West Vale Average Upload Speed
59.50 Mbps 11.57 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in West Vale, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your West Vale property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in West Vale.

Main 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
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of West Vale

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for West Vale is 01806. If you call someone in West Vale, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 West Vale call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask 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's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in West Vale

Residents in West Vale are able 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 they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your West Vale home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the West Vale distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for West Vale below.

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 Vale

The electricity distribution network operator for West Vale 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 Vale

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near West Vale

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to West Vale, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to West Vale.

Closest five municipalities to West Vale
Municipality Distance from West Vale
Sowood -
Holywell Green -
Greetland -
Barkisland -
Elland 1.28 miles