A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bedminster Down

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

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About Bedminster Down, Bristol

Bedminster Down BS13 has a population of 12,448 and is located in the county of Bristol. Bristol has a population of 467,099 people.

Who supplies my water in Bedminster Down?

Bedminster Down water services are supplied by Bristol Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Bristol Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bedminster Down

Calling a phone number for Bristol Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Bedminster Down water problems.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Bristol Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Bristol Water contact number Bristol Water Emergency contact number
0345 600 3600 0345 702 3797
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Bank holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Bristol Water

You can also write to Bristol Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Bristol Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Bristol Water can do so by writing to the Bristol Water address below:

Bristol Water Address
Customer Services, BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk
Bristol
BS48 1WA

If you would like to email Bristol Water, you should use the following email address:

Bristol Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Bedminster Down

Water bill in Bedminster Down

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

Metered Customers in Bedminster Down

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Bedminster Down home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Bristol Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Bedminster Down home.

Unmetered Customers in Bedminster Down

Customers without a meter at their Bedminster Down home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bedminster Down home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bedminster Down is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Bedminster Down water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Bedminster Down might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Bedminster Down?

The average water bill Bedminster Down residents are charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 a year.

How do I pay my Bedminster Down water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Bristol Water. After you register your details with Bristol Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Bedminster Down 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 Bristol 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 Bedminster Down?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bedminster Down BS13, your water supplier is Bristol 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.

Bedminster Down Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bedminster Down

Is the tap water in Bedminster Down safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bedminster Down come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bedminster Down:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bedminster Down

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 rating in Bedminster Down is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Bedminster Down is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bedminster Down contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your 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 Bedminster Down.

  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.

Bedminster Down No Water

If you have no water in your Bedminster Down 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 Bedminster Down.

If there is no water at your Bedminster Down 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 Bedminster Down.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Bristol Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Bristol Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bedminster Down water leak or flooding

Bedminster Down water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Bedminster Down 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 Bedminster Down property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Bristol 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 Bristol Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Bedminster Down taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bedminster Down water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Bedminster Down water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Bedminster Down water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Bristol Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband in Bedminster Down BS13

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The speed of your internet connection at your Bedminster Down home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Bedminster Down with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bedminster Down Average Download Speed Bedminster Down Average Upload Speed
88.65 Mbps 16.85 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Bedminster Down. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bedminster Down.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Bedminster Down is what's available. The majority of homes in Bedminster Down should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Bedminster Down?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bedminster Down
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach 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.
    • Available to the majority of Bedminster Down homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bedminster Down.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Bedminster Down.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Bedminster Down broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Bedminster Down. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Bedminster Down. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bedminster Down Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bedminster Down should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bedminster Down home will be an important thing to consider.

Bedminster Down broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Bedminster Down internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them 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 Bedminster Down.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Bedminster Down?

The average broadband speed in Bedminster Down is:

Bedminster Down Average Download Speed Bedminster Down Average Upload Speed
88.65 Mbps 16.85 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Bedminster Down, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Bedminster Down property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take for a broadband service in Bedminster Down.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

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What's the telephone area code for Bedminster Down

Corded telephone area code Bedminster Down

The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bedminster Down is 01806. If you call someone in Bedminster Down, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Bedminster Down call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, 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 Bedminster Down

Residents of Bedminster Down are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Bedminster Down home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Bedminster Down distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Bedminster Down in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Bedminster Down

The electricity distribution network operator for Bedminster Down 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Lostwithiel Road
Bodmin, Cornwall
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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

Power Generation near Bedminster Down

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bedminster Down

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Bedminster Down, we've found the closest five municipalities to Bedminster Down.

Closest five municipalities to Bedminster Down
Municipality Distance from Bedminster Down
Hartcliffe -
Withywood -
Hengrove 1.92 miles
Stockwood 1.92 miles
Whitchurch 1.92 miles