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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Easton

If you've moved and have questions about Easton? Our utilities guide to Easton will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Easton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Easton.

About Easton, Bristol

Easton BS5 has a population of 375 and is located in the county of Bristol. Bristol has a population of 467,099 people.

Who supplies my water in Easton?

Easton water services are provided by Bristol Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Bristol Water:

How to reach your water provider in Easton

Ringing a contact number for Bristol Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Easton water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Bristol Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Bristol Water telephone number Bristol Water Emergency telephone number
0345 600 3600 0345 702 3797
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Bank holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Bristol Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Bristol Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Bristol Water website.

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

Bristol Water Address
Customer Services, BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk
Bristol
BS48 1WA

If you would like to email Bristol Water, you should use the following email address:

Bristol Water Email Address
customer.services@bwbsl.co.uk

Water rates in Easton

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Water rates in Easton are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Easton water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Easton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Easton

Customers with a water meter at their Easton 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 Bristol Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Easton home.

Unmetered Customers in Easton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Easton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Easton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Easton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Easton water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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, installing a water meter at your Easton could be 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 Easton?

The average water bill Easton residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

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How do I pay my Easton water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Bristol Water. Once you've registered an account with Bristol 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 Easton bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Bristol 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 Easton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Easton BS5, your water supplier is Bristol 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.

Easton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Easton

Is water from the tap in Easton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Easton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Easton:

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

How hard is the water in Easton

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Easton more than. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Easton.

  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.

Easton No Water

If you have no water in your Easton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Easton.

If there is no water at your Easton home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Easton.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Bristol Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Easton water leak or flooding

Easton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Easton 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 Easton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Bristol Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Bristol Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Easton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Easton water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Easton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Easton water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Bristol Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Easton BS5

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Easton 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
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Easton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Easton Average Download Speed Easton Average Upload Speed
86.23 Mbps 15.47 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Easton. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Easton.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Easton is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Easton should be able to enjoy 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 since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Easton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Easton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Easton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Easton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Easton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Easton broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Easton. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Easton. 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 that has affected millions of customers.

Easton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Easton must also be considered, with so many people that work 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 can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Easton home will be an important thing to consider.

Easton broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Easton broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Easton.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Easton ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Easton?

The average internet speed in Easton is:

Easton Average Download Speed Easton Average Upload Speed
86.23 Mbps 15.47 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Easton, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Easton house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Easton.

Main 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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Easton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Easton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Easton, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Easton call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Easton

Residents of Easton are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local 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 connects your Easton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Easton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Easton below.

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 Easton

The electricity distribution network operator for Easton 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Easton

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

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 tiny amount was generated with 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Easton

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Easton, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Easton.

Closest five municipalities to Easton
Municipality Distance from Easton
St George -
Redland 0.02 miles
Westbury Park 0.02 miles
Montpelier 0.02 miles
Knowle 0.05 miles