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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Compton

Are you moving and want to know more about Compton? Our utilities guide to Compton will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Compton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Compton.

About Compton, Devon

Compton PL3 has a population of 12,677 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Compton?

Compton 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 Compton

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Compton water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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, 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

Cost of water in Compton

Water bill in Compton

Water rates in Compton depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Compton water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Compton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Compton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Compton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Compton home.

Unmetered Customers in Compton

Customers who don't have a meter at their Compton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Compton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Compton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Compton 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Compton may save you money.

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 Compton?

The average water bill Compton residents are being charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Compton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Compton 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 Compton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Compton PL3, 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.

Compton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Compton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Compton

Is the tap water in Compton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Compton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Compton:

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

How hard is the water in Compton

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 Compton is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Compton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Compton contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Compton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Compton 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 Compton.

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

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Compton water leak or flooding

Compton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Compton home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Compton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Compton 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 affect it by infusing your Compton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Compton water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Compton PL3

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The broadband speed you get at your Compton home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Compton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Compton Average Download Speed Compton Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Compton. 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 it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Compton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Compton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Compton is the availability. The majority of homes in Compton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Compton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Compton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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 older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Compton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Compton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Compton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Compton broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Compton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Compton. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Compton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Compton 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 watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Compton home will be an important thing to consider.

Compton broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Compton internet connection 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 provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Compton.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Compton have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Compton?

The average speed of broadband in Compton is:

Compton Average Download Speed Compton Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Compton, 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 Compton house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Compton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Compton

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

How much does an 01806 Compton call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls 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, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Compton

People living in Compton are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is 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 and operates the infrastructure that connect your Compton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Compton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Compton right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Compton

The electricity distribution network operator for Compton 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 Compton

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

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Compton

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