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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Chulmleigh

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

About Chulmleigh, Devon

Chulmleigh EX18 has a population of 1,017 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Chulmleigh?

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

How to reach your water provider in Chulmleigh

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Chulmleigh 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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

Price of water in Chulmleigh

Water bill in Chulmleigh

Water rates in Chulmleigh will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Chulmleigh water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Chulmleigh water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Chulmleigh

Customers with a water meter at their Chulmleigh home will pay a fixed annual 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 Chulmleigh home.

Unmetered Customers in Chulmleigh

Customers who don't have a meter at their Chulmleigh home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Chulmleigh home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Chulmleigh will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Chulmleigh water rates would have been 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Chulmleigh might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Chulmleigh?

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

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How do I pay my Chulmleigh water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 Chulmleigh bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 Chulmleigh?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Chulmleigh EX18, 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.

Chulmleigh Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Chulmleigh

Is tap water in Chulmleigh safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Chulmleigh come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Chulmleigh:

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

How hard is the water in Chulmleigh

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 Chulmleigh is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Chulmleigh is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Chulmleigh 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Chulmleigh.

  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.

Chulmleigh No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Chulmleigh home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Chulmleigh.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Chulmleigh water leak or flooding

Chulmleigh water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Chulmleigh 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 Chulmleigh property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Chulmleigh taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Chulmleigh water this may be due to 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 infuse the Chulmleigh water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Chulmleigh water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Chulmleigh EX18

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The broadband speed you get at your Chulmleigh home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Chulmleigh with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Chulmleigh Average Download Speed Chulmleigh Average Upload Speed
41.23 Mbps 11.77 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Chulmleigh. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

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 might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Chulmleigh.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Chulmleigh is what's available. The majority of homes in Chulmleigh should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Chulmleigh?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Chulmleigh
    • 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 broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Chulmleigh homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Chulmleigh.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Chulmleigh.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Chulmleigh broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Chulmleigh. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Chulmleigh. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Chulmleigh Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Chulmleigh also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

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

Chulmleigh broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Chulmleigh internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Chulmleigh.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Chulmleigh?

The average internet speed in Chulmleigh is:

Chulmleigh Average Download Speed Chulmleigh Average Upload Speed
41.23 Mbps 11.77 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 Chulmleigh, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Chulmleigh house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Chulmleigh.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 two radio frequencies 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Chulmleigh

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

How much does an 01806 Chulmleigh 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, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Chulmleigh

Residents of Chulmleigh are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Chulmleigh distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Chulmleigh in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Chulmleigh

The electricity distribution network operator for Chulmleigh 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Chulmleigh

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

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%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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 Chulmleigh

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Chulmleigh, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Chulmleigh.

Closest five municipalities to Chulmleigh
Municipality Distance from Chulmleigh
South Molton 7.76 miles
Winkleigh 9.62 miles
Crediton 10.64 miles
Okehampton 13.29 miles
Great Torrington 14.33 miles