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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Crapstone

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

About Crapstone, Devon

Crapstone PL20 has a population of 667 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Crapstone?

Crapstone water services are provided by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Crapstone

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

In the table below you will find the telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Price of water in Crapstone

Water bill in Crapstone

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

Metered Customers in Crapstone

Customers with a water meter at their Crapstone 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 Crapstone home.

Unmetered Customers in Crapstone

Customers without a meter at their Crapstone home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Crapstone home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Crapstone is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Crapstone water rates will 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 Crapstone could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Crapstone?

The average water bill Crapstone residents are billed is £18.17 each month, that's £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Crapstone water bill?

You will first need to 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Crapstone bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Crapstone?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Crapstone PL20, 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.

Crapstone Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Crapstone

Is the tap water in Crapstone safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Crapstone. You can rest assured that Crapstone water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Crapstone water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Crapstone water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Crapstone come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Crapstone:

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

How hard is the water in Crapstone

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 Crapstone is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Crapstone is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Crapstone 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 means they should last longer.

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

Crapstone No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Crapstone home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Crapstone.

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

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. Check the Twitter account of 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Crapstone water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Crapstone 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, 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 Crapstone taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Crapstone 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 affect it by infusing your Crapstone water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Crapstone 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 using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Crapstone PL20

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

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

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Crapstone with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Crapstone Average Download Speed Crapstone Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Crapstone. 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 households in the UK.

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.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Crapstone?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Crapstone.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Crapstone is what's available. Most homes in Crapstone should be able to enjoy 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 as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Crapstone?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Crapstone
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Crapstone homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Crapstone.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Crapstone.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Crapstone broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Crapstone. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Crapstone. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Crapstone Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Crapstone must also be considered, 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 stay in touch with 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 Crapstone home is something to think about.

Crapstone broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Crapstone broadband internet is extremely 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 deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Crapstone.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Crapstone?

The average internet speed in Crapstone is:

Crapstone Average Download Speed Crapstone Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Crapstone, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Crapstone house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Crapstone.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Crapstone

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Crapstone is 01806. When making a call to someone in Crapstone, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Crapstone call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 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 making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Crapstone

Residents of Crapstone are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Crapstone home to the gas network and electricity grid.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Crapstone

The electricity distribution network operator for Crapstone 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 Crapstone

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Crapstone

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Crapstone, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Crapstone.