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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Brownston

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

About Brownston, Devon

Brownston PL21 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Brownston?

Brownston water services are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Brownston

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

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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 write to South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. 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

Cost of water in Brownston

Water bill in Brownston

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

Metered Customers in Brownston

Customers with a water meter at their Brownston house will pay an annual fixed 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 Brownston home.

Unmetered Customers in Brownston

Customers without a meter at their Brownston home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Brownston home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Brownston will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Brownston water rates would 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Brownston could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Brownston?

The average water bill Brownston residents are charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Brownston water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Brownston bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Brownston?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Brownston PL21, 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.

Brownston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brownston

Is tap water in Brownston safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Brownston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Brownston:

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

How hard is the water in Brownston

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Brownston 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 which means they should last longer.

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

Brownston No Water

If you have no water in your Brownston home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Brownston.

If there is no water at your Brownston home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Brownston.

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

  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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Brownston water leak or flooding

Brownston water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Brownston home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Brownston property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Brownston taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Brownston 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 impermeate the Brownston water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Brownston water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Brownston PL21

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Brownston 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?

Brownston Average Download Speed Brownston Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Brownston. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Brownston.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Brownston is the issue of availability. Most homes in Brownston should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

What are the different types of connection in Brownston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Brownston
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Brownston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Brownston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Brownston.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Brownston broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Brownston. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Brownston. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Brownston Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Brownston should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Brownston home is something to think about.

Brownston broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Brownston internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Brownston.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Brownston ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Brownston?

The average speed of broadband in Brownston is:

Brownston Average Download Speed Brownston Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Brownston, it's then connected to your house 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 Brownston property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose when getting connected in Brownston.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Brownston

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Brownston is 01548. When making a call to someone in Brownston, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01548 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01548 Brownston call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Brownston

Residents in Brownston are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Brownston home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Brownston distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Brownston below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Brownston

The electricity distribution network operator for Brownston 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 Brownston

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Brownston

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Brownston, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Brownston.

Closest five municipalities to Brownston
Municipality Distance from Brownston
Modbury 0.01 miles
Ugborough 0.01 miles
Cornwood 0.01 miles
Ermington 0.01 miles
South Brent 4.16 miles