A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bishopsworth

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

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About Bishopsworth, Bristol

Bishopsworth BS13 has a population of 11,576 and is located in the county of Bristol. Bristol has a population of 467,099 people.

Who supplies my water in Bishopsworth?

Bishopsworth water services are supplied by Bristol Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Bristol Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bishopsworth

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

Below, you can find the principal 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Bristol Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 can use the email address below:

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

Water bill in Bishopsworth

Water rates in Bishopsworth are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Bishopsworth water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Bishopsworth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bishopsworth

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

Unmetered Customers in Bishopsworth

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bishopsworth is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bishopsworth 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 have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Bishopsworth may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Bishopsworth?

The average water bill Bishopsworth residents are billed is £16.83 each month, that's £202 per year.

How do I pay my Bishopsworth water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Bishopsworth bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Bishopsworth?

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

Bishopsworth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bishopsworth

Is water from the tap in Bishopsworth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bishopsworth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bishopsworth:

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

Is the water hard in Bishopsworth

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 Bishopsworth is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Bishopsworth is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bishopsworth contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Bishopsworth.

  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.

Bishopsworth No Water

If you have no water in your Bishopsworth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Bishopsworth.

If there is no water at your Bishopsworth home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Bishopsworth.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Bristol Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Bristol Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Bishopsworth water leak or flooding

Bishopsworth water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Bishopsworth home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Call Bristol Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Bristol Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Bishopsworth taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bishopsworth water this may be due to 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 infuse the Bishopsworth water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Bishopsworth water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Bristol Water on the contact details above.

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Internet in Bishopsworth BS13

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bishopsworth with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bishopsworth Average Download Speed Bishopsworth Average Upload Speed
88.65 Mbps 16.85 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Bishopsworth. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Bishopsworth?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Bishopsworth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Bishopsworth is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Bishopsworth should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bishopsworth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Bishopsworth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Bishopsworth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bishopsworth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bishopsworth.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Bishopsworth broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Bishopsworth. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Bishopsworth. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bishopsworth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Bishopsworth should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely 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 Bishopsworth home is something to think about.

Bishopsworth broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Bishopsworth broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Bishopsworth.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Bishopsworth have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Bishopsworth?

The average broadband speed in Bishopsworth is:

Bishopsworth Average Download Speed Bishopsworth Average Upload Speed
88.65 Mbps 16.85 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Bishopsworth, 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 Bishopsworth house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Bishopsworth.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the landline area code in Bishopsworth

Corded telephone area code Bishopsworth

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

How much does an 01806 Bishopsworth call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bishopsworth

People living in Bishopsworth are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Bishopsworth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Bishopsworth right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bishopsworth

The electricity distribution network operator for Bishopsworth 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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There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:

  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 Bishopsworth

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Bishopsworth

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Bishopsworth, we've found the closest five municipalities to Bishopsworth.

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