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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Broadwoodwidger

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

About Broadwoodwidger, Devon

Broadwoodwidger PL16 has a population of 548 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Broadwoodwidger?

Broadwoodwidger 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 Broadwoodwidger

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Broadwoodwidger water problems.

Below, you can find the principal 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 also submit your request on the South West Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Broadwoodwidger

Water bill in Broadwoodwidger

Water rates in Broadwoodwidger are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Broadwoodwidger water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Broadwoodwidger water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Broadwoodwidger

Customers that have a water meter at their Broadwoodwidger 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 are for the consumption at your Broadwoodwidger home.

Unmetered Customers in Broadwoodwidger

Customers without a meter at their Broadwoodwidger home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Broadwoodwidger home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Broadwoodwidger is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Broadwoodwidger water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Broadwoodwidger may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Broadwoodwidger?

The average water bill Broadwoodwidger residents are billed is £18.17 per month, which is £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Broadwoodwidger water bill?

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

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Broadwoodwidger PL16, 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.

Broadwoodwidger Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Broadwoodwidger

Is water from the tap in Broadwoodwidger safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Broadwoodwidger come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Broadwoodwidger:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Broadwoodwidger

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Broadwoodwidger contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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 shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Broadwoodwidger.

Broadwoodwidger No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Broadwoodwidger 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 Broadwoodwidger.

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

If there is no 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 why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Broadwoodwidger water leak or flooding

Broadwoodwidger water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Broadwoodwidger 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 Broadwoodwidger property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact 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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Broadwoodwidger taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Broadwoodwidger water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Broadwoodwidger water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Broadwoodwidger 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 Broadwoodwidger PL16

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed 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 connection speed for Broadwoodwidger with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Broadwoodwidger Average Download Speed Broadwoodwidger 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 Broadwoodwidger. 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 is the only means of connection that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Broadwoodwidger?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Broadwoodwidger.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Broadwoodwidger is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Broadwoodwidger can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Broadwoodwidger?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Broadwoodwidger
    • 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 broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds 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.
    • Available to 99.9% of Broadwoodwidger homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Broadwoodwidger.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Broadwoodwidger.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Broadwoodwidger broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Broadwoodwidger. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer 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 commit to a internet connection in Broadwoodwidger. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Broadwoodwidger Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Broadwoodwidger must also be considered, with many of us 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 streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Broadwoodwidger home will be an important thing to consider.

Broadwoodwidger broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Broadwoodwidger broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Broadwoodwidger.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Broadwoodwidger have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Broadwoodwidger?

The average broadband speed in Broadwoodwidger is:

Broadwoodwidger Average Download Speed Broadwoodwidger Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Broadwoodwidger, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Broadwoodwidger house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Broadwoodwidger.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 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 Broadwoodwidger

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

How much does an 01806 Broadwoodwidger call cost?

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

If you are uncertain 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 dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Broadwoodwidger

People living in Broadwoodwidger are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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 Broadwoodwidger home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Broadwoodwidger distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Broadwoodwidger 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 in Broadwoodwidger

The electricity distribution network operator for Broadwoodwidger 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 Broadwoodwidger

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources 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.

Towns and Cities Near Broadwoodwidger

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Broadwoodwidger, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Broadwoodwidger.

Closest five municipalities to Broadwoodwidger
Municipality Distance from Broadwoodwidger
Lifton -
Calstock 8.71 miles
Gunnislake 8.71 miles
Albaston 8.71 miles
Kelly Bray 9.5 miles