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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cornwood

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

About Cornwood, Devon

Cornwood PL21 has a population of 988 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Cornwood?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Cornwood

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Cornwood water account.

Below, you can find the principal 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 get in touch with 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

Cost of water in Cornwood

Water bill in Cornwood

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

Metered Customers in Cornwood

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Cornwood home will pay a fixed annual 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Cornwood home.

Unmetered Customers in Cornwood

Customers who don't have a meter at their Cornwood 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 Cornwood home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cornwood is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Cornwood water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Cornwood might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Cornwood?

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

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How do I pay my Cornwood water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Cornwood bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South West Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Cornwood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cornwood PL21, 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.

Cornwood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cornwood

Is the tap water in Cornwood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cornwood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cornwood:

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

How hard is the water in Cornwood

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 Cornwood is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Cornwood is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Cornwood 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Cornwood No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. You can also try the following:

  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. 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.

Cornwood water leak or flooding

Cornwood water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Cornwood home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Cornwood property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Cornwood taste strange?

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

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

Broadband in Cornwood PL21

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Cornwood with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cornwood Average Download Speed Cornwood Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Cornwood. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available 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 available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Cornwood?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider 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 Cornwood.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Cornwood is the availability. The majority of homes in Cornwood can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast 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 Cornwood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cornwood
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Cornwood 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 Cornwood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Cornwood.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cornwood broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Cornwood. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Cornwood. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Cornwood Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Cornwood should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having 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 meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Cornwood home is something to think about.

Cornwood broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Cornwood broadband 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 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 you choose a broadband provider in Cornwood.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Cornwood?

The average internet speed in Cornwood is:

Cornwood Average Download Speed Cornwood Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 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 a green box on your street in Cornwood, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Cornwood property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Cornwood.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Cornwood

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Cornwood is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Cornwood, 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 Cornwood call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, 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, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Cornwood

Residents of Cornwood can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Cornwood home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Cornwood distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cornwood in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Cornwood

The electricity distribution network operator for Cornwood 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 Cornwood

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, 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 the UK's electricity came from 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Cornwood

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

Closest five municipalities to Cornwood
Municipality Distance from Cornwood
Ivybridge 0.01 miles
Modbury 0.01 miles
Ugborough 0.01 miles
Ermington 0.01 miles
South Brent 4.16 miles