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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Exminster

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

About Exminster, Devon

Exminster EX6 has a population of 3,368 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Exminster?

Exminster 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 Exminster

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Exminster water account.

In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for South West Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South West Water phone number South West Water Emergency phone 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

Price of water in Exminster

Water bill in Exminster

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

Metered Customers in Exminster

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Exminster home will pay a fixed annual 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 are for the consumption at your Exminster home.

Unmetered Customers in Exminster

Customers who don't have a meter at their Exminster home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Exminster home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Exminster is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Exminster water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Exminster might work out 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 Exminster?

The average water bill Exminster residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Exminster water bill?

You will first 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Exminster bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've 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 Exminster?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Exminster EX6, 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.

Exminster Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Exminster have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Exminster

Is water from the tap in Exminster safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Exminster come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Exminster:

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

How hard is the water in Exminster

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Exminster 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 Exminster.

  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.

Exminster No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Exminster home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Exminster.

If there is no water at your Exminster home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Exminster.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Exminster water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Exminster property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Exminster taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Exminster water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Exminster EX6

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The speed of your internet connection at your Exminster home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Exminster with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Exminster Average Download Speed Exminster Average Upload Speed
51.60 Mbps 12.77 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Exminster. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Exminster?

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 choosing an internet provider in Exminster.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Exminster is the availability. Whilst many homes in Exminster should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Exminster?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Exminster
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Exminster homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Exminster.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Exminster.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Exminster broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Exminster. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Exminster. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Exminster Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Exminster should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Exminster home is something to think about.

Exminster broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Exminster 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 provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Exminster.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Exminster have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Exminster?

The average broadband speed in Exminster is:

Exminster Average Download Speed Exminster Average Upload Speed
51.60 Mbps 12.77 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Exminster, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Exminster home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Exminster.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Exminster

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Exminster is 01806. If you call someone in Exminster, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Exminster call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call 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, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different 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 Supply in Exminster

Residents of Exminster can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Exminster home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Exminster distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Exminster in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Exminster

The electricity distribution network operator for Exminster 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 Exminster

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

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 are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Exminster

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

Closest five municipalities to Exminster
Municipality Distance from Exminster
Mamhead -
Exeter 3.9 miles
Exeter city centre 4.24 miles
St Thomas 4.38 miles
Countess Wear 4.38 miles