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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bicknoller

If you just moved and have some questions about Bicknoller? Our complete guide to utilities in Bicknoller will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bicknoller water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bicknoller.

About Bicknoller, Devon

Bicknoller TA4 has a population of 371 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Bicknoller?

Bicknoller water services are supplied by Wessex Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Wessex Water:

How to reach your water provider in Bicknoller

Speaking to an advisor at Wessex Water is one of many options to discuss your Bicknoller water account.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Wessex Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Wessex Water telephone number Wessex Water Emergency telephone number
0345 600 3 600 0345 600 4600
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Wessex Water

You can also write to Wessex Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Wessex Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Wessex Water can do so by writing to the Wessex Water address below:

Wessex Water Address
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7WW

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

Wessex Water Email Address
info@wessexwater.co.uk

Water rates in Bicknoller

Water bill in Bicknoller

Water rates in Bicknoller are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Bicknoller water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Bicknoller water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bicknoller

Customers that have a water meter at their Bicknoller home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Wessex Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Bicknoller home.

Unmetered Customers in Bicknoller

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bicknoller is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bicknoller 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Bicknoller may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bicknoller?

The average water bill Bicknoller residents are being charged is £19.83 each month, that's £238 annually.

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How do I pay my Bicknoller water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Wessex Water. After you register your details with Wessex 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Bicknoller bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Wessex Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bicknoller?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bicknoller TA4, your water supplier is Wessex 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.

Bicknoller Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bicknoller

Is water from the tap in Bicknoller safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bicknoller come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bicknoller:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bicknoller

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 Bicknoller is fewer than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in Bicknoller is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bicknoller more than. medium 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.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Bicknoller.

  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.

Bicknoller No Water

If you have no water in your Bicknoller home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Bicknoller.

If there is no water at your Bicknoller home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Bicknoller.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Wessex Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Wessex Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Bicknoller water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Bicknoller property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Wessex Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Wessex Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bicknoller taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bicknoller 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 Bicknoller water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bicknoller water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Wessex Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Bicknoller TA4

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Bicknoller 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?

Bicknoller Average Download Speed Bicknoller Average Upload Speed
45.27 Mbps 13.63 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Bicknoller. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Bicknoller?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Bicknoller.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Bicknoller is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Bicknoller should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bicknoller?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bicknoller
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bicknoller homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bicknoller.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bicknoller.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bicknoller broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Bicknoller. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Bicknoller. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bicknoller Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bicknoller should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bicknoller home is something to think about.

Bicknoller broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer service of your Bicknoller internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bicknoller.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Bicknoller have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Bicknoller?

The average internet speed in Bicknoller is:

Bicknoller Average Download Speed Bicknoller Average Upload Speed
45.27 Mbps 13.63 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bicknoller, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Bicknoller home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Bicknoller.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Bicknoller

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bicknoller is 01984. If you call someone in Bicknoller, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01984 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01984 Bicknoller call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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.

Electricity and Gas in Bicknoller

Residents of Bicknoller can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Bicknoller home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Bicknoller distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Bicknoller right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Bicknoller

The electricity distribution network operator for Bicknoller 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 Bicknoller

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bicknoller

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Bicknoller, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Bicknoller.

Closest five municipalities to Bicknoller
Municipality Distance from Bicknoller
Crowcombe -
West Bagborough -
Williton -
Cannington 0.05 miles
Nether Stowey 0.05 miles