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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Cullompton

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

About Cullompton, Devon

Cullompton EX15 has a population of 7,439 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Cullompton?

Cullompton water services are provided by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cullompton

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

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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

Water rates in Cullompton

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

Metered Customers in Cullompton

Customers with a water meter at their Cullompton house will pay an annual fixed 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 Cullompton home.

Unmetered Customers in Cullompton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cullompton home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Cullompton home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Cullompton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Cullompton water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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, getting a water meter for your Cullompton may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Cullompton?

The average water bill Cullompton residents are charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 per year.

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How do I pay my Cullompton water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Cullompton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Cullompton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cullompton EX15, 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.

Cullompton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Cullompton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cullompton

Is tap water in Cullompton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cullompton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cullompton:

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

Is the water hard in Cullompton

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 Cullompton is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Cullompton is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Cullompton contains a higher amount of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Cullompton.

  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.

Cullompton No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Cullompton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Cullompton.

If there is no water at your Cullompton 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 Cullompton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following 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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Cullompton water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Ring South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Cullompton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Cullompton water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Cullompton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Cullompton water.

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

Broadband in Cullompton EX15

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The broadband speed you get at your Cullompton home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Cullompton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Cullompton Average Download Speed Cullompton Average Upload Speed
44.77 Mbps 12.77 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Cullompton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Cullompton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Cullompton is the availability. Most homes in Cullompton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Cullompton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cullompton
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Cullompton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Cullompton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Cullompton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cullompton broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Cullompton. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Cullompton. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cullompton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cullompton must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do 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 Cullompton home will be an important thing to consider.

Cullompton broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Cullompton broadband connection is really 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 high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Cullompton.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Cullompton ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Cullompton?

The average internet speed in Cullompton is:

Cullompton Average Download Speed Cullompton Average Upload Speed
44.77 Mbps 12.77 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Cullompton, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Cullompton house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Cullompton.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Cullompton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Cullompton is 01806. If you call someone in Cullompton, 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 Cullompton call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Cullompton

Residents in Cullompton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Cullompton home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Cullompton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cullompton right here.

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 Cullompton

The electricity distribution network operator for Cullompton 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 Cullompton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Cullompton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Cullompton, we've found the five closest municipalities to Cullompton.

Closest five municipalities to Cullompton
Municipality Distance from Cullompton
Tiverton 5.88 miles
Woodbury 6.53 miles
Clyst St. Mary 6.53 miles
Honiton 7.2 miles
Ottery Saint Mary 8.61 miles