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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bellever

Are you moving and want to know more about Bellever? Our complete guide to utilities in Bellever is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bellever water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bellever.

About Bellever, Devon

Bellever PL20 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Bellever?

Bellever 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 Bellever

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Bellever water issues.

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

You can also write to South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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

Water rates in Bellever

Water bill in Bellever

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

Metered Customers in Bellever

Customers with a water meter at their Bellever house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bellever home.

Unmetered Customers in Bellever

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Bellever home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Bellever home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bellever is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bellever water rates would have been 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 you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Bellever might work out 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 Bellever?

The average water bill Bellever residents are being charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Bellever water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 Bellever bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Bellever?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bellever PL20, 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.

Bellever Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bellever

Is water from the tap in Bellever safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bellever come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bellever:

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

Is the water hard in Bellever

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 Bellever is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Bellever is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Bellever contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 which extends their lifespan.

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

Bellever No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bellever home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Bellever.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Bellever water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Bellever property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Bellever taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Bellever 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 affect it by infusing your Bellever water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bellever 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.

Internet in Bellever PL20

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The broadband speed you get at your Bellever 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 internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Bellever 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?

Bellever Average Download Speed Bellever Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Bellever. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Bellever.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Bellever is the availability. Whilst many homes in Bellever should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bellever?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bellever
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bellever homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bellever.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bellever.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bellever broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Bellever. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Bellever. 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.

Bellever Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bellever also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bellever home is going to be important.

Bellever broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Bellever internet connection is really 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 high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bellever.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bellever ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Bellever?

The average speed of broadband in Bellever is:

Bellever Average Download Speed Bellever Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Bellever, it's then connected to your house 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 Bellever home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Bellever.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Bellever

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bellever is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Bellever, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bellever call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Bellever

Residents in Bellever are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Bellever distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bellever in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Bellever

The electricity distribution network operator for Bellever 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 Bellever

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of 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 generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bellever

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Bellever, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Bellever.