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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Dulverton

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

About Dulverton, Devon

Dulverton TA22 has a population of 1,052 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Dulverton?

Dulverton water services are supplied by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water, and Wessex Water:

How to reach your water providers in Dulverton

Calling a phone number for South West Water or Wessex Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Dulverton water account.

South West Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main 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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Wessex Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Wessex Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Wessex Water contact number Wessex Water Emergency contact number
0345 600 3 600 0345 600 4600
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to South West Water or Wessex Water

You can also write to South West Water or Wessex Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the South West Water or Wessex Water website.

South West Water

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
Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HR

Wessex Water

If you prefer to send a letter to Wessex Water can do so by writing to the Wessex Water address below:

Wessex Water Address
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7WW

If you want to email Wessex Water, you can use the email address below:

Wessex Water Email Address
info@wessexwater.co.uk

Price of water in Dulverton

Water bill in Dulverton

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

Metered Customers in Dulverton

Customers that have a water meter at their Dulverton house will pay an annual fixed 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 or Wessex Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Dulverton home.

Unmetered Customers in Dulverton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Dulverton home will pay 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 Dulverton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Dulverton is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Dulverton water prices were 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Dulverton 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 Dulverton?

The average water bill Dulverton residents are billed can differ between suppliers in your area. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
South West Water £18.17 £218
Wessex Water £19.83 £238
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How do I pay my Dulverton water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water or Wessex Water. Once you've registered an account with South West Water or Wessex Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Dulverton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your South West Water or Wessex Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Dulverton?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Dulverton TA22, your water suppliers are South West Water and Wessex 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.

Dulverton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Dulverton

Is tap water in Dulverton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Dulverton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Dulverton:

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

Is the water hard in Dulverton

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 Dulverton is less than 200ppm, this means the water in Dulverton is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Dulverton more than. medium 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.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Dulverton No Water

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

If there is no water at your Dulverton home, is the problem 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 Dulverton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water or Wessex Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water or Wessex Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water or Wessex Water, they often post incident 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.

Dulverton water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Dulverton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call South West Water or Wessex Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 or Wessex Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Dulverton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Dulverton 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 Dulverton water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Dulverton water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water or Wessex Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Dulverton TA22

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Dulverton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Dulverton with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Dulverton Average Download Speed Dulverton Average Upload Speed
42.87 Mbps 11.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Dulverton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Dulverton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Dulverton is the issue of availability. Most homes in Dulverton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Dulverton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Dulverton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Dulverton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Dulverton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Dulverton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Dulverton broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Dulverton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Dulverton. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Dulverton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Dulverton should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Dulverton home is something to think about.

Dulverton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Dulverton internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Dulverton.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Dulverton have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Dulverton?

The average speed of broadband in Dulverton is:

Dulverton Average Download Speed Dulverton Average Upload Speed
42.87 Mbps 11.80 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 a green box on your street in Dulverton, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Dulverton home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Dulverton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All the above plus 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Dulverton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Dulverton is 01398. If you're calling somebody in Dulverton, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01398 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01398 Dulverton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, 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? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Dulverton

Residents in Dulverton are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always 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 supplies your Dulverton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Dulverton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Dulverton below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Dulverton

The electricity distribution network operator for Dulverton 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 Dulverton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage 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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Dulverton

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Dulverton, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Dulverton.

Closest five municipalities to Dulverton
Municipality Distance from Dulverton
South Molton 9.98 miles
Watchet 12.05 miles
Minehead 13.01 miles
Cullompton 14.54 miles
Plymtree 14.54 miles