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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Brixham

If you just moved and have some questions about Brixham? Our complete guide to utilities in Brixham will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Brixham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Brixham.

About Brixham, Devon

Brixham TQ5 has a population of 16,693 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Brixham?

Brixham water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Brixham

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Brixham water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

You can also write to South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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 Brixham

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Water rates in Brixham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Brixham water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Brixham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Brixham

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

Unmetered Customers in Brixham

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Brixham is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Brixham 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Brixham could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Brixham?

The average water bill Brixham residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Brixham water bill?

First of all, you will 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Brixham bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Brixham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Brixham TQ5, 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.

Brixham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brixham

Is tap water in Brixham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Brixham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Brixham:

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

Is the water hard in Brixham

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 water hardness rating in Brixham is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Brixham is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Brixham contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. 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 Brixham.

Brixham No Water

If you have no water in your Brixham home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Brixham.

If there is no water at your Brixham home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Brixham.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Brixham water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Brixham property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Brixham taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Brixham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Brixham water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Brixham TQ5

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Brixham 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?

Brixham Average Download Speed Brixham Average Upload Speed
42.30 Mbps 10.00 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Brixham. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Brixham?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps 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 to think about when picking a broadband provider in Brixham.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Brixham is the availability. Whilst many homes in Brixham can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Brixham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Brixham
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Brixham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Brixham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Brixham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Brixham broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Brixham. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Brixham. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Brixham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Brixham also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Brixham home will be an important thing to consider.

Brixham broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Brixham internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Brixham.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Brixham?

The average internet speed in Brixham is:

Brixham Average Download Speed Brixham Average Upload Speed
42.30 Mbps 10.00 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Brixham, 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 Brixham home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Brixham.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Brixham

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

How much does an 01806 Brixham call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included in that 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 inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Brixham

Residents in Brixham are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Brixham home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Brixham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Brixham below.

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 Brixham

The electricity distribution network operator for Brixham 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

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
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Power Generation near Brixham

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

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 percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Brixham

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Brixham, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Brixham.

Closest five municipalities to Brixham
Municipality Distance from Brixham
Goodrington 2.86 miles
Paignton 4.61 miles
Totnes 5.08 miles