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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Beacon Park

Are you moving and want to know more about Beacon Park? Our complete guide to utilities in Beacon Park will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Beacon Park water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Beacon Park.

About Beacon Park, Devon

Beacon Park PL2 has a population of 4,537 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Beacon Park?

Beacon Park water services are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Beacon Park

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Beacon Park water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for South West Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South West Water telephone number South West Water Emergency telephone number
0344 346 1010 0344 346 2020
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to South West Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the South West Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to South West Water can do so by writing to the South West Water address below:

South West Water Address
Peninsula House, Rydon Lane
Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HR

Price of water in Beacon Park

Water bill in Beacon Park

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

Metered Customers in Beacon Park

Customers with a water meter at their Beacon Park property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Beacon Park home.

Unmetered Customers in Beacon Park

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Beacon Park home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Beacon Park home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Beacon Park will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Beacon Park water prices were 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 you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Beacon Park may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Beacon Park?

The average water bill Beacon Park residents are being charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Beacon Park water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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 Beacon Park bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South West Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Beacon Park?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Beacon Park PL2, your water supplier is South West 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.

Beacon Park Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Beacon Park

Is the tap water in Beacon Park safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Beacon Park come from?

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

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

How hard is the water in Beacon 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 in Beacon Park is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Beacon Park is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Beacon Park contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Beacon Park.

Beacon Park No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Beacon Park 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 Beacon Park.

If there is no water at your Beacon Park home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Beacon Park.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Beacon Park water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Beacon Park taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Beacon Park water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Beacon Park PL2

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Beacon Park with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Beacon Park Average Download Speed Beacon Park Average Upload Speed
95.27 Mbps 13.30 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Beacon Park. 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 parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Beacon Park?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Beacon Park.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Beacon Park is the availability. The majority of homes in Beacon Park can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Beacon Park?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Beacon Park
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Beacon Park homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Beacon Park.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Beacon Park.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Beacon Park broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Beacon Park. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Beacon Park. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Beacon Park Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Beacon Park should also be considered, 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.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Beacon Park home will be an important thing to consider.

Beacon Park broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Beacon Park broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Beacon Park.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Beacon Park ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Beacon Park?

The average internet speed in Beacon Park is:

Beacon Park Average Download Speed Beacon Park Average Upload Speed
95.27 Mbps 13.30 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Beacon Park, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Beacon Park home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Beacon Park.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband 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 and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Beacon Park

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Beacon Park is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Beacon Park, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Beacon Park call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Beacon Park

People living in Beacon Park are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Beacon Park distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Beacon Park right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Beacon Park

The electricity distribution network operator for Beacon Park is Western Power Distribution - South West. You can find the Western Power Distribution - South West contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - South West Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email wpdnewsupplies@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Lostwithiel Road
Bodmin, Cornwall

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 Beacon Park

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Beacon Park

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Beacon Park, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Beacon Park.

Closest five municipalities to Beacon Park
Municipality Distance from Beacon Park
North Prospect -
Pennycross -
Home Park -
Corsham 1.51 miles