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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Budleigh Salterton

Are you moving and want to know more about Budleigh Salterton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Budleigh Salterton will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Budleigh Salterton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Budleigh Salterton.

About Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Budleigh Salterton EX9 has a population of 5,185 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Budleigh Salterton?

Budleigh Salterton water services are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Budleigh Salterton

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Budleigh Salterton 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 get in touch with South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 Budleigh Salterton

Water bill in Budleigh Salterton

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

Metered Customers in Budleigh Salterton

Customers that have a water meter at their Budleigh Salterton 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Budleigh Salterton home.

Unmetered Customers in Budleigh Salterton

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Budleigh Salterton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Budleigh Salterton water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Budleigh Salterton 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 Budleigh Salterton?

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

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How do I pay my Budleigh Salterton water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 Budleigh Salterton bill. While some customers like an 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Budleigh Salterton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Budleigh Salterton EX9, 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.

Budleigh Salterton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Budleigh Salterton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Budleigh Salterton

Is water from the tap in Budleigh Salterton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Budleigh Salterton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Budleigh Salterton:

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

Is the water hard in Budleigh Salterton

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 in Budleigh Salterton is over 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Budleigh Salterton is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Budleigh Salterton contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Budleigh Salterton.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Budleigh Salterton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Budleigh Salterton 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 Budleigh Salterton.

If there is no water at your Budleigh Salterton home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Budleigh Salterton.

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 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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Budleigh Salterton water leak or flooding

Budleigh Salterton water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Budleigh Salterton 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 Budleigh Salterton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 Budleigh Salterton taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Budleigh Salterton 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 impermeate the Budleigh Salterton 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 Budleigh Salterton water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Budleigh Salterton EX9

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The broadband speed you get at your Budleigh Salterton home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Budleigh Salterton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Budleigh Salterton Average Download Speed Budleigh Salterton Average Upload Speed
51.80 Mbps 11.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Budleigh Salterton. An FTTP is the fastest internet 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's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Budleigh Salterton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Budleigh Salterton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Budleigh Salterton is the availability. Most homes in Budleigh Salterton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Budleigh Salterton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Budleigh Salterton
    • We can split fibre connections 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 connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Budleigh Salterton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Budleigh Salterton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Budleigh Salterton.
    • 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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Budleigh Salterton broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Budleigh Salterton. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Budleigh Salterton. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Budleigh Salterton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Budleigh Salterton should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Budleigh Salterton home is something to think about.

Budleigh Salterton broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Budleigh Salterton broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Budleigh Salterton.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Budleigh Salterton?

The average broadband speed in Budleigh Salterton is:

Budleigh Salterton Average Download Speed Budleigh Salterton Average Upload Speed
51.80 Mbps 11.80 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Budleigh Salterton, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Budleigh Salterton property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Budleigh Salterton.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Budleigh Salterton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Budleigh Salterton is 01395. If you call someone in Budleigh Salterton, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01395 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01395 Budleigh Salterton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Budleigh Salterton

Residents in Budleigh Salterton are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Budleigh Salterton home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Budleigh Salterton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Budleigh Salterton 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 Budleigh Salterton

The electricity distribution network operator for Budleigh Salterton 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 Budleigh Salterton

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Budleigh Salterton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Budleigh Salterton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Budleigh Salterton.

Closest five municipalities to Budleigh Salterton
Municipality Distance from Budleigh Salterton
Sidmouth 4.49 miles
Exeter 5.4 miles
Ottery Saint Mary 5.93 miles
Woodbury 8.59 miles
Clyst St. Mary 8.59 miles