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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bradstone

If you've moved and have questions about Bradstone? Our complete guide to utilities in Bradstone is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bradstone water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bradstone.

About Bradstone, Devon

Bradstone PL19 has a population of 63 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Bradstone?

Bradstone 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 Bradstone

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Bradstone water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

Price of water in Bradstone

Water bill in Bradstone

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

Metered Customers in Bradstone

Customers that have a water meter at their Bradstone property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Bradstone home.

Unmetered Customers in Bradstone

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Bradstone 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 Bradstone home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bradstone will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Bradstone water rates will 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 Bradstone 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 Bradstone?

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

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How do I pay my Bradstone water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Bradstone 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bradstone?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bradstone PL19, 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.

Bradstone Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bradstone

Is tap water in Bradstone safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bradstone come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bradstone:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bradstone

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 Bradstone is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Bradstone is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bradstone contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. 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 Bradstone.

Bradstone No Water

If you have no water in your Bradstone 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 Bradstone.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine 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.

Bradstone water leak or flooding

Bradstone water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bradstone 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 Bradstone 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, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Bradstone taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Bradstone water this could be down 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 affect it by infusing your Bradstone 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 Bradstone water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Bradstone PL19

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The speed of your internet connection at your Bradstone home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Bradstone Average Download Speed Bradstone Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Bradstone. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Bradstone.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Bradstone is the issue of availability. Most homes in Bradstone should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bradstone?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bradstone
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Bradstone homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Bradstone.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Bradstone.
    • 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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Bradstone broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Bradstone. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Bradstone. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bradstone Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Bradstone must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Bradstone home is going to be important.

Bradstone broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Bradstone broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bradstone.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Bradstone?

The average internet speed in Bradstone is:

Bradstone Average Download Speed Bradstone Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Bradstone, from there it's connected to your home 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 Bradstone home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

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 when signing up for broadband in Bradstone.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices 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 the above and 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Bradstone

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Bradstone is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Bradstone, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Bradstone call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure 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 telephone 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 Bradstone

People living in Bradstone are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Bradstone home to the gas network and electricity grid.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Bradstone 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 Bradstone

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

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 small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Bradstone

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Bradstone, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Bradstone.

Closest five municipalities to Bradstone
Municipality Distance from Bradstone
Morwellham -
Mary Tavy -
Tavistock -
Calstock 1.68 miles