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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bovey Tracey

Are you moving and want to know more about Bovey Tracey? Our complete guide to utilities in Bovey Tracey will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bovey Tracey water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bovey Tracey.

About Bovey Tracey, Devon

Bovey Tracey TQ13 has a population of 4,729 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Bovey Tracey?

Bovey Tracey water services are provided by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Bovey Tracey

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Bovey Tracey water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for South West Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South West Water telephone number South West Water Emergency telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South West Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Price of water in Bovey Tracey

Water bill in Bovey Tracey

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

Metered Customers in Bovey Tracey

Customers that have a water meter at their Bovey Tracey 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 South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bovey Tracey home.

Unmetered Customers in Bovey Tracey

Customers without a meter at their Bovey Tracey home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Bovey Tracey home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Bovey Tracey is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Bovey Tracey water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, having a water meter installed at your Bovey Tracey may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bovey Tracey?

The average water bill Bovey Tracey residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Bovey Tracey water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West 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 Bovey Tracey bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South West 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 Bovey Tracey?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bovey Tracey TQ13, 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.

Bovey Tracey Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bovey Tracey

Is the tap water in Bovey Tracey safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bovey Tracey come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bovey Tracey:

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

Is the water hard in Bovey Tracey

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 Bovey Tracey is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Bovey Tracey is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bovey Tracey contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Bovey Tracey.

Bovey Tracey No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Bovey Tracey home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Bovey Tracey.

If there is no water at your Bovey Tracey 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 Bovey Tracey.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bovey Tracey water leak or flooding

Bovey Tracey water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Bovey Tracey 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 Bovey Tracey property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Bovey Tracey taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bovey Tracey water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with South West Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Bovey Tracey TQ13

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The broadband speed you get at your Bovey Tracey 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 are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Bovey Tracey with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Bovey Tracey Average Download Speed Bovey Tracey Average Upload Speed
48.43 Mbps 12.17 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Bovey Tracey. 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 homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Bovey Tracey?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Bovey Tracey.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Bovey Tracey is the issue of availability. Most homes in Bovey Tracey can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bovey Tracey?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bovey Tracey
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Bovey Tracey homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Bovey Tracey.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Bovey Tracey.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bovey Tracey broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Bovey Tracey. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Bovey Tracey. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bovey Tracey Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bovey Tracey must 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 do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bovey Tracey home will be an important thing to consider.

Bovey Tracey broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Bovey Tracey broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Bovey Tracey.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Bovey Tracey?

The average speed of broadband in Bovey Tracey is:

Bovey Tracey Average Download Speed Bovey Tracey Average Upload Speed
48.43 Mbps 12.17 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Bovey Tracey, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bovey Tracey house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Bovey Tracey.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Bovey Tracey

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bovey Tracey is 01806. If you call someone in Bovey Tracey, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Bovey Tracey call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bovey Tracey

Residents of Bovey Tracey are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Bovey Tracey distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Bovey Tracey right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Bovey Tracey

The electricity distribution network operator for Bovey Tracey 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

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  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 Bovey Tracey

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

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 small amount was produced from 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Bovey Tracey

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Bovey Tracey, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Bovey Tracey.

Closest five municipalities to Bovey Tracey
Municipality Distance from Bovey Tracey
Chudleigh -
Widecombe in the Moor -
Moretonhampstead -
Buckfastleigh 4.02 miles
Newton Abbot 7.38 miles