Barnsley Water: Rates & Supply Info

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If you just moved and have some Barnsley water questions, you will be able to find who handles the Barnsley water supply as well as wastewater services in the water information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Barnsley water hardness so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.


Barnsley Water Supplier

Barnsley Water is supplied by one water company, Yorkshire Water. Here are the contact details for your Barnsley water supplier:

Barnsley Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Yorkshire Water 0345 124 2424 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm

Barnsley sewerage and wastewater is handled by the same company. Here are Barnsley sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Barnsley Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Yorkshire Water 0345 124 2424 24/7/365

Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.

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Water Rates Barnsley

Water rates in Barnsley depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Barnsley water rates are metered or not by looking at your water bill. Homes with metered Barnsley water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Homes that are not metered won't, but they will have the rateable value of the home instead. The rateable value part of your Barnsley water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed much since then.

If you don't know where your water meter is, a good place to start looking is outside your house or in the front garden. Sometimes your water meter may be located inside your house near to the stop tap. If you can't find a water meter then your supply may be unmetered, you can contact Yorkshire Water to check.

If you want to read more about water meters? check out Selectra's essential guide to water meters.

The average water rates Barnsley residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £417 a year. This amount combines both water supply and sewerage costs and is close to the UK average of £408 a year.

If you want to save money on your water bill then our handy guide to water rates in the UK will give you some great tips & tricks to lower your water bill.

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Barnsley Water Hardness

Barnsley water hardness is rated as medium water. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Due to the way water filters through rocks in Barnsley Water's supply area, Barnsley water picks up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap.

LOCALE water's medium rating means that the hard water in your home contains fewer than 200ppm of hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium which contribute to hard water. These minerals will also affect the taste of your water and lead to some limescale build-up.

  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. Washing - from laundry to dishes and even yourself, moderately hard water is less effective at cleaning and reacts differently to softened water. It may even cause dry or irritated skin and lead to damaged hair.
  3. Dishwashers - Take advantage of the built-in water softener. Make sure you regularly top off it off with dishwasher salt in the appropriate compartment.

Is the water in Barnsley safe to drink?

Yes! you can safely drink the water in Barnsley. Barnsley water meets the highest standards set by the UK Drinking Water Inspectorate to make sure your water is safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Barnsley water quality a 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not necessary to boil or filter Barnsley water to make it potable.

If you notice a change in taste or smell of Barnsley water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse Barnsley water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.

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

Barnsley Water Problems

Barnsley water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding to no water in your home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Barnsley property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. If you are out and about, call or tweet Yorkshire Water
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of Yorkshire Water and fill out the online form.

Barnsley No Water

If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or a Yorkshire Water outage impacting Barnsley.

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  3. Check that your stop tap is open
  4. If you have no water is it only no cold water or no hot water. If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance.

Barnsley Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be a Yorkshire Water issue impacting Barnsley.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Barnsley may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired
  2. Or, Yorkshire Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Barnsley
  3. Water Discolouration is not harmful and can often be cleared by running the cold water tap until it becomes clear
  4. If there is no improvement after trying this, you can contact Yorkshire Water for assistance.

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