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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Beaworthy

If you just moved and have some questions about Beaworthy? Our complete guide to utilities in Beaworthy will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Beaworthy water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Beaworthy.

About Beaworthy, Devon

Beaworthy EX21 has a population of 236 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Beaworthy?

Beaworthy water utilities are supplied by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Beaworthy

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Beaworthy water problems.

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

South West Water contact number South West Water Emergency contact 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

Water rates in Beaworthy

Water bill in Beaworthy

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

Metered Customers in Beaworthy

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Beaworthy 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 South West Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Beaworthy home.

Unmetered Customers in Beaworthy

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Beaworthy home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Beaworthy home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Beaworthy is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Beaworthy water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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, installing a water meter at your Beaworthy might work out cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Beaworthy?

The average water bill Beaworthy residents are charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Beaworthy water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Beaworthy 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 South West Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Beaworthy?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Beaworthy EX21, 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.

Beaworthy Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Beaworthy

Is water from the tap in Beaworthy safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Beaworthy come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Beaworthy:

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

Is the water hard in Beaworthy

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 rating for water hardness in Beaworthy is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Beaworthy is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Beaworthy contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Beaworthy.

Beaworthy No Water

If you have no water in your Beaworthy home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Beaworthy.

If there is no water at your Beaworthy 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 Beaworthy.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. In this case you should try the following 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, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Beaworthy water leak or flooding

Beaworthy water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Beaworthy 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 Beaworthy property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Beaworthy taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Beaworthy water this could be because of 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 Beaworthy 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 Beaworthy water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Beaworthy EX21

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The speed of your internet connection at your Beaworthy home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Beaworthy with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Beaworthy Average Download Speed Beaworthy Average Upload Speed
42.75 Mbps 12.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Beaworthy. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Beaworthy?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Beaworthy.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Beaworthy is the availability. The majority of homes in Beaworthy can take advantage of 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Beaworthy?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Beaworthy
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Beaworthy homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Beaworthy.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Beaworthy.
    • 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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Beaworthy broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Beaworthy. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Beaworthy. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Beaworthy Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Beaworthy also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Beaworthy home will be an important thing to consider.

Beaworthy broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Beaworthy broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Beaworthy.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Beaworthy?

The average internet speed in Beaworthy is:

Beaworthy Average Download Speed Beaworthy Average Upload Speed
42.75 Mbps 12.80 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Beaworthy, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Beaworthy property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

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 for a broadband service in Beaworthy.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Beaworthy

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

How much does an 01806 Beaworthy call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Beaworthy

Residents in Beaworthy are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Beaworthy home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Beaworthy distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Beaworthy in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Beaworthy

The electricity distribution network operator for Beaworthy 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Beaworthy

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

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 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Beaworthy

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Beaworthy, we've found the closest five municipalities to Beaworthy.

Closest five municipalities to Beaworthy
Municipality Distance from Beaworthy
Winkleigh 6.17 miles
Great Torrington 6.74 miles
Okehampton 9.77 miles
Umberleigh 12.54 miles
Bideford 12.99 miles