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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Colyton

Are you moving and want to know more about Colyton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Colyton is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Colyton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Colyton.

About Colyton, Devon

Colyton EX24 has a population of 2,105 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Colyton?

Colyton water utilities are supplied 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 Colyton

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Colyton water issues.

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

South West Water telephone number South West Water Emergency telephone 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 also send your request via 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 Colyton

Water bill in Colyton

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

Metered Customers in Colyton

Customers that have a water meter at their Colyton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Colyton home.

Unmetered Customers in Colyton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Colyton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Colyton home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Colyton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Colyton water prices were 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Colyton could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Colyton?

The average water bill Colyton residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Colyton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you register your details 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 Colyton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Colyton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Colyton EX24, 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.

Colyton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Colyton

Is water from the tap in Colyton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Colyton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Colyton:

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

How hard is the water in Colyton

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 Colyton is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Colyton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Colyton contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Colyton.

Colyton No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Colyton 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 Colyton.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Colyton water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Colyton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Colyton taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Colyton 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 Colyton 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 using the contact information above.

Internet in Colyton EX24

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The speed of your internet connection at your Colyton home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Colyton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Colyton Average Download Speed Colyton Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 11.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Colyton. 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 UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Colyton?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Colyton.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Colyton is the availability. Most homes in Colyton should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Colyton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Colyton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Colyton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Colyton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Colyton.
    • 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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Colyton broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Colyton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Colyton. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Colyton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Colyton also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Colyton home is going to be important.

Colyton broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Colyton internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Colyton.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Colyton have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Colyton?

The average internet speed in Colyton is:

Colyton Average Download Speed Colyton Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 11.20 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Colyton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Colyton home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Colyton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Colyton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Colyton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Colyton, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Colyton call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Colyton

People living in Colyton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Colyton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Colyton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Colyton below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Colyton

The electricity distribution network operator for Colyton 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 Colyton

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage 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, and in the coming years this is expected 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, 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Colyton

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Colyton, we've found the five closest municipalities to Colyton.

Closest five municipalities to Colyton
Municipality Distance from Colyton
Honiton 6.34 miles
Ottery Saint Mary 6.55 miles
Axminster 7.15 miles
Budleigh Salterton 9.84 miles