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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Woodlesford

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

About Woodlesford, West Yorkshire

Woodlesford LS26 has a population of 21,010 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Woodlesford?

Woodlesford water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Woodlesford

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Woodlesford water issues.

In the table below you will find the 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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Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Yorkshire Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Woodlesford

Water bill in Woodlesford

Water rates in Woodlesford will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Woodlesford water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Woodlesford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Woodlesford

Customers that have a water meter at their Woodlesford property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Woodlesford home.

Unmetered Customers in Woodlesford

Customers who don't have a meter at their Woodlesford home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Woodlesford home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Woodlesford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Woodlesford water rates will 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, having a water meter installed at your Woodlesford could be cheaper.

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 Woodlesford?

The average water bill Woodlesford residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Woodlesford water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Woodlesford bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Woodlesford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Woodlesford LS26, 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.

Woodlesford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Woodlesford

Is the tap water in Woodlesford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Woodlesford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Woodlesford:

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

How hard is the water in Woodlesford

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 Woodlesford is fewer than 200ppm, this means the water in Woodlesford is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Woodlesford higher than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Woodlesford.

  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.

Woodlesford No Water

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

If there is no water at your Woodlesford home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Woodlesford.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Woodlesford water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Woodlesford 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 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 Woodlesford taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Woodlesford 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 infuse the Woodlesford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Woodlesford water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Yorkshire Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Woodlesford LS26

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The speed of your internet connection at your Woodlesford home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Woodlesford with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Woodlesford Average Download Speed Woodlesford Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Woodlesford. 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 UK households.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Woodlesford.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Woodlesford is what's available. Most homes in Woodlesford should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed 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

What are the different types of connection in Woodlesford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Woodlesford
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Woodlesford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Woodlesford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Woodlesford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Woodlesford broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Woodlesford. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Woodlesford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Woodlesford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Woodlesford also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Woodlesford home is going to be important.

Woodlesford broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Woodlesford broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Woodlesford.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Woodlesford have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Woodlesford?

The average broadband speed in Woodlesford is:

Woodlesford Average Download Speed Woodlesford Average Upload Speed
70.25 Mbps 14.70 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Woodlesford, from there it's connected to your home 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 Woodlesford home. 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 would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Woodlesford.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Woodlesford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Woodlesford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Woodlesford, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Woodlesford call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone 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 Woodlesford

People living in Woodlesford are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Woodlesford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Woodlesford distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Woodlesford below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Woodlesford

The electricity distribution network operator for Woodlesford 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 Woodlesford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Woodlesford

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Woodlesford, we've found the five closest municipalities to Woodlesford.