Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Dawlish
Are you moving and want to know more about Dawlish? Our complete guide to utilities in Dawlish is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Dawlish water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Dawlish.
About Dawlish, Devon
Dawlish EX7 has a population of 11,312 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.
Who supplies my water in Dawlish?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Dawlish
Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Dawlish water issues.
In the table below we have listed the main contact 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|
Moving to Dawlish?
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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 submit your request on the South West Water website.
If you prefer to send 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
Price of water in Dawlish
Water rates in Dawlish are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Dawlish water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Dawlish water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Dawlish
Customers with a water meter at their Dawlish 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 Dawlish home.
Unmetered Customers in Dawlish
Customers who don't have a meter at their Dawlish home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Dawlish home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Dawlish is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Dawlish water rates would 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?
You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Dawlish could be cheaper.
Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.
How much is the average water bill in Dawlish?
The average water bill Dawlish residents are billed is £18.17 per month, which is £218 a year.
Expensive Dawlish water bills?
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How do I pay my Dawlish 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
You may be able to choose how often you pay your Dawlish bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Dawlish?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Dawlish EX7, 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.
Dawlish Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Dawlish have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Dawlish
Is water from the tap in Dawlish safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Dawlish. You can rest assured that Dawlish water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Dawlish 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 Dawlish water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Dawlish come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Dawlish:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Dawlish
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 Dawlish is more than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Dawlish is rated as hard water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Dawlish 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. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.
You should add a water softener to the water in Dawlish.
- Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
- 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.
- Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.
Dawlish No Water
If you have no water in your Dawlish home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Dawlish.
If there is no water at your Dawlish home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Dawlish.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. You can also try the following:
- 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.
- Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Dawlish water leak or flooding
Dawlish water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Dawlish home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Dawlish property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Contact South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, 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 Dawlish taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Dawlish water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Dawlish water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Dawlish water.
If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water via the contact channels listed above.
Internet in Dawlish EX7
The speed of your internet connection at your Dawlish home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Where you've placed your router
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Dawlish with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Dawlish Average Download Speed||Dawlish Average Upload Speed|
|58.70 Mbps||11.20 Mbps|
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Dawlish. 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 households in the UK.
ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.
Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Dawlish?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Dawlish.
The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Dawlish is the issue of availability. Most homes in Dawlish should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Dawlish?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Dawlish
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Dawlish homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Dawlish.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Dawlish?
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Dawlish broadband cost
You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Dawlish. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Dawlish. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Dawlish Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Dawlish should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.
The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Dawlish home is going to be important.
Dawlish broadband customer support
Lastly, the technical support for your Dawlish internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Dawlish.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Dawlish ask about their broadband.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
Is the internet fast in Dawlish?
The average internet speed in Dawlish is:
|Dawlish Average Download Speed||Dawlish Average Upload Speed|
|58.70 Mbps||11.20 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.
- ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 Dawlish, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Dawlish home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .
What broadband speed do I need?
It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when getting connected in Dawlish.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Broadband Speed||Up to 2 devices|
|Up to 2 devices||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|3-5 devices||AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|More than 5 devices||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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the telephone dialling code of Dawlish
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Dawlish is 01626. When making a call to someone in Dawlish, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01626 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01626 Dawlish call cost?
If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.
If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.
How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Dawlish
Residents of Dawlish are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied 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 Dawlish home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
More often than not you won't need to speak to the Dawlish distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Dawlish below.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Dawlish
The electricity distribution network operator for Dawlish 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|
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Dawlish
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Dawlish.
In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
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 begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Dawlish
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Dawlish, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Dawlish.