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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Braunton

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

About Braunton, Devon

Braunton EX33 has a population of 7,353 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Braunton?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Braunton

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many options to talk about your Braunton water account.

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

South West Water phone number South West Water Emergency phone 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

You can also get in touch with South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

Water rates in Braunton

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

Metered Customers in Braunton

Customers that have a water meter at their Braunton 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 Braunton home.

Unmetered Customers in Braunton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Braunton home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Braunton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Braunton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Braunton water prices were 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, getting a water meter for your Braunton may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Braunton?

The average water bill Braunton residents are being charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 per year.

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How do I pay my Braunton water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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 Braunton bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've 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 Braunton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Braunton EX33, 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.

Braunton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Braunton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Braunton

Is tap water in Braunton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Braunton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Braunton:

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

Is the water hard in Braunton

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 Braunton is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Braunton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Braunton contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Braunton.

Braunton No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Braunton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Braunton.

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

If you don't have any 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. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Braunton water leak or flooding

Braunton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Braunton home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Braunton 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 go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Braunton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Braunton 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 infuse the Braunton 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 Braunton water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Braunton EX33

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Braunton 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?

Braunton Average Download Speed Braunton Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Braunton. 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 households in the UK.

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

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Braunton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Braunton is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Braunton 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.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Braunton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Braunton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Braunton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Braunton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Braunton.
    • 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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Braunton broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Braunton. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Braunton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Braunton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Braunton must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with 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 Braunton home is something to think about.

Braunton broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Braunton broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Braunton.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Braunton?

The average speed of broadband in Braunton is:

Braunton Average Download Speed Braunton Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 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 Braunton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Braunton house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Braunton.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, 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 Braunton

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

How much does an 01806 Braunton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 Braunton

Residents of Braunton are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained 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 Braunton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Braunton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Braunton right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Braunton

The electricity distribution network operator for Braunton 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 Braunton

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

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 tiny amount was generated with other kinds 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, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Braunton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Braunton, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Braunton.

Closest five municipalities to Braunton
Municipality Distance from Braunton
Bideford 6.05 miles
Lundy Island 6.05 miles
Ilfracombe 7.49 miles
Woolacombe 7.49 miles
Great Torrington 11.81 miles