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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Whitkirk

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

About Whitkirk, West Yorkshire

Whitkirk LS15 is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Whitkirk?

Whitkirk water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Whitkirk

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Whitkirk water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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 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.

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 Whitkirk

Water bill in Whitkirk

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

Metered Customers in Whitkirk

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Whitkirk 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Whitkirk home.

Unmetered Customers in Whitkirk

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Whitkirk will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Whitkirk 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Whitkirk might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Whitkirk?

The average water bill Whitkirk residents are billed is £15.50 per month, which is £186 annually.

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How do I pay my Whitkirk water bill?

You will first need to 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 Whitkirk bill. While some customers like an 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Whitkirk?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Whitkirk LS15, 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.

Whitkirk Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Whitkirk

Is the tap water in Whitkirk safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Whitkirk come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Whitkirk:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Whitkirk

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 Whitkirk is fewer than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Whitkirk is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Whitkirk over. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Whitkirk.

  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.

Whitkirk No Water

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

If there is no water at your Whitkirk home, do you only have 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 Whitkirk.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Whitkirk water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Whitkirk taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Whitkirk water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Whitkirk 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 Whitkirk water.

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

Broadband Speed in Whitkirk LS15

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Whitkirk home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Whitkirk with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Whitkirk Average Download Speed Whitkirk Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Whitkirk. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Whitkirk?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Whitkirk.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Whitkirk is what's available. The majority of homes in Whitkirk should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Whitkirk?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Whitkirk
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Whitkirk homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Whitkirk.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Whitkirk.
    • 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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Whitkirk broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Whitkirk. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's 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 before you sign up to a internet connection in Whitkirk. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Whitkirk Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Whitkirk must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Whitkirk home is going to be important.

Whitkirk broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Whitkirk broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Whitkirk.

Broadband FAQ

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

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How fast is the broadband in Whitkirk?

The average broadband speed in Whitkirk is:

Whitkirk Average Download Speed Whitkirk Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 15.00 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Whitkirk, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Whitkirk home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Whitkirk.

Frequent 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, 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 across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Whitkirk

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Whitkirk is 01806. When making a call to someone in Whitkirk, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Whitkirk call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to 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 unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Whitkirk

Residents in Whitkirk can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied 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 connects your Whitkirk home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Whitkirk distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Whitkirk in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Whitkirk

The electricity distribution network operator for Whitkirk 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 Whitkirk

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

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 other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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, 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Whitkirk

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Whitkirk, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Whitkirk.