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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Estover

If you just moved and have some questions about Estover? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Estover will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Estover water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Estover.

About Estover, Devon

Estover PL6 has a population of 7,708 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Estover?

Estover water services are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Estover

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many options to talk about your Estover water problems.

Below, you can find the principal 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
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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.

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

Price of water in Estover

Water bill in Estover

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

Metered Customers in Estover

Customers with a water meter at their Estover property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Estover home.

Unmetered Customers in Estover

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Estover home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Estover home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Estover is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Estover 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Estover may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Estover?

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

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How do I pay my Estover 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Estover 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 South West Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Estover?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Estover PL6, 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.

Estover Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Estover

Is the tap water in Estover safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Estover come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Estover:

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

Is the water hard in Estover

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 Estover is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Estover is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Estover contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Estover No Water

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

If there is no water at your Estover home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Estover.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Estover water leak or flooding

Estover water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Estover 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 Estover property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact 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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Estover taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Estover 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 Estover water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Estover 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 on the contact details above.

Broadband in Estover PL6

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Estover with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Estover Average Download Speed Estover Average Upload Speed
71.03 Mbps 12.17 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Estover. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Estover?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Estover.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Estover is the availability. Most homes in Estover should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Estover?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Estover
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Estover homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Estover.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Estover.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Estover broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Estover. There are many providers offering a low cost deal 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 Estover. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Estover Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Estover should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Estover home will be an important thing to consider.

Estover broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Estover broadband internet is extremely 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 deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Estover.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Estover?

The average speed of broadband in Estover is:

Estover Average Download Speed Estover Average Upload Speed
71.03 Mbps 12.17 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Estover, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Estover house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

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

Main internet uses Recommended 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 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Estover

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Estover is 01806. If you call someone in Estover, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Estover call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included with 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 uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Estover

People living in Estover can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Estover home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Estover distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Estover right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Estover

The electricity distribution network operator for Estover 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 Estover

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

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 fossil fuels from other sources (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 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 produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Estover

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Estover, we've found the five closest municipalities to Estover.

Closest five municipalities to Estover
Municipality Distance from Estover
Southway -
Derriford -
Eggbuckland -
Roborough -
Laira 1.88 miles