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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Chudleigh

If you've moved and have questions about Chudleigh? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Chudleigh is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Chudleigh water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Chudleigh.

About Chudleigh, Devon

Chudleigh TQ13 has a population of 4,011 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Chudleigh?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Chudleigh

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Chudleigh water issues.

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

South West Water contact number South West Water Emergency contact 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Water rates in Chudleigh

Water bill in Chudleigh

Water rates in Chudleigh will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Chudleigh water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Chudleigh water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Chudleigh

Customers with a water meter at their Chudleigh house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Chudleigh home.

Unmetered Customers in Chudleigh

Customers without a meter at their Chudleigh home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Chudleigh home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Chudleigh is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Chudleigh water prices were 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 Chudleigh 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 Chudleigh?

The average water bill Chudleigh residents are charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Chudleigh 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 Chudleigh bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Chudleigh?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Chudleigh TQ13, 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.

Chudleigh Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Chudleigh

Is water from the tap in Chudleigh safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Chudleigh come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Chudleigh:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Chudleigh

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 Chudleigh is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Chudleigh is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Chudleigh contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Chudleigh.

Chudleigh No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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 will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Chudleigh water leak or flooding

Chudleigh water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Chudleigh 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 Chudleigh 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, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Chudleigh taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Chudleigh water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Chudleigh water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Chudleigh TQ13

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Chudleigh with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Chudleigh Average Download Speed Chudleigh Average Upload Speed
48.43 Mbps 12.17 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Chudleigh. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Chudleigh?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Chudleigh.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Chudleigh is what's available. Most homes in Chudleigh can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Chudleigh?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Chudleigh
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Chudleigh homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Chudleigh.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Chudleigh.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Chudleigh broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Chudleigh. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Chudleigh. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Chudleigh Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Chudleigh should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Chudleigh home is going to be important.

Chudleigh broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Chudleigh broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Chudleigh.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Chudleigh ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Chudleigh?

The average speed of broadband in Chudleigh is:

Chudleigh Average Download Speed Chudleigh Average Upload Speed
48.43 Mbps 12.17 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 a green box on your street in Chudleigh, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Chudleigh house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Chudleigh.

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
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Chudleigh

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Chudleigh is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Chudleigh, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Chudleigh call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small 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 you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Chudleigh

Residents in Chudleigh can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Chudleigh home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Chudleigh 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 Chudleigh

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Chudleigh

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Chudleigh, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Chudleigh.

Closest five municipalities to Chudleigh
Municipality Distance from Chudleigh
Bovey Tracey -
Widecombe in the Moor -
Moretonhampstead -
Buckfastleigh 4.02 miles
Newton Abbot 7.38 miles