A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bishopston

If you just moved and have some questions about Bishopston? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Bishopston is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bishopston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bishopston.

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About Bishopston, Bristol

Bishopston BS7 has a population of 13,871 and is located in the county of Bristol. Bristol has a population of 467,099 people.

Who supplies my water in Bishopston?

Bishopston water services are provided by Bristol Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Bristol Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bishopston

Ringing a contact number for Bristol Water is one of many options to talk about your Bishopston water issues.

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

Bristol Water phone number Bristol Water Emergency phone 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 send your request via the Bristol Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Customers that would rather email Bristol Water, you can use the email address below:

Bristol Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Bishopston

Water bill in Bishopston

Water rates in Bishopston are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Bishopston water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Bishopston water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bishopston

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Bishopston 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bishopston home.

Unmetered Customers in Bishopston

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bishopston home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bishopston home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bishopston is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Bishopston water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Bishopston may save you money.

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 Bishopston?

The average water bill Bishopston residents are charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 per year.

How do I pay my Bishopston 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Bishopston bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Bristol Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bishopston?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bishopston BS7, 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.

Bishopston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bishopston

Is water from the tap in Bishopston safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Bishopston. You can rest assured that Bishopston water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Bishopston water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Bishopston water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Bishopston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bishopston:

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

How hard is the water in Bishopston

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 Bishopston is below 200ppm, this means the water in Bishopston is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bishopston 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 Bishopston.

  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.

Bishopston No Water

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

If there is no water at your Bishopston home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bishopston.

If there is no 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 explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Bristol Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bishopston water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Bristol Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Bristol Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bishopston taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bishopston water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Bishopston water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bishopston water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Bristol Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Bishopston BS7

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bishopston 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?

Bishopston Average Download Speed Bishopston Average Upload Speed
96.47 Mbps 16.67 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Bishopston. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bishopston?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just 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 worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Bishopston.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Bishopston is the issue of availability. Most homes in Bishopston can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bishopston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bishopston
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bishopston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Bishopston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bishopston.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bishopston broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Bishopston. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Bishopston. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Bishopston Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bishopston must also be considered, with so many people that work 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 can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Bishopston home is going to be important.

Bishopston broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Bishopston internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Bishopston.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bishopston have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Bishopston?

The average speed of broadband in Bishopston is:

Bishopston Average Download Speed Bishopston Average Upload Speed
96.47 Mbps 16.67 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Bishopston, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bishopston house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Bishopston.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Bishopston

Corded telephone area code Bishopston

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bishopston is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Bishopston, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Bishopston call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably 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 a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Bishopston

Residents of Bishopston are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Bishopston home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Bishopston distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bishopston right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bishopston

The electricity distribution network operator for Bishopston 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
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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 Bishopston

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bishopston

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Bishopston, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Bishopston.

Closest five municipalities to Bishopston
Municipality Distance from Bishopston
Hotwells 0.01 miles
Stoke Bishop 0.05 miles
Westbury on Trym 0.05 miles
Henleaze 0.05 miles
Coombe Dingle 0.05 miles