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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Exwick

If you've moved and have questions about Exwick? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Exwick is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Exwick water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Exwick.

About Exwick, Devon

Exwick EX4 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Exwick?

Exwick water services are provided by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Exwick

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Exwick water issues.

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

South West Water telephone number South West Water Emergency telephone 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 even send your message through 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
Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HR

Cost of water in Exwick

Water bill in Exwick

Water rates in Exwick will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Exwick water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Exwick water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Exwick

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

Unmetered Customers in Exwick

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Exwick is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Exwick 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Exwick may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Exwick?

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

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How do I pay my Exwick water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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 Exwick 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Exwick?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Exwick EX4, 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.

Exwick Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Exwick

Is water from the tap in Exwick safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Exwick come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Exwick:

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

How hard is the water in Exwick

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 rating in Exwick is more than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Exwick is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Exwick contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Exwick.

  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.

Exwick No Water

If you have no water in your Exwick home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Exwick.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. 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.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Exwick water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Exwick taste strange?

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Exwick EX4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Exwick home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • 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 your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Exwick with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Exwick Average Download Speed Exwick Average Upload Speed
67.23 Mbps 15.07 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Exwick. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Exwick?

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 might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Exwick.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Exwick is what's available. Whilst many homes in Exwick can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Exwick?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Exwick
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Exwick homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Exwick.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Exwick.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Exwick broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Exwick. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Exwick. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Exwick Broadband Reliability

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

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Exwick home is going to be important.

Exwick broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Exwick broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Exwick.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Exwick ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Exwick?

The average internet speed in Exwick is:

Exwick Average Download Speed Exwick Average Upload Speed
67.23 Mbps 15.07 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Exwick, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Exwick property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Exwick.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, 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 of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Exwick

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Exwick is 01806. If you call someone in Exwick, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Exwick call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should 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 the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Exwick

Residents in Exwick are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Exwick distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Exwick right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Exwick

The electricity distribution network operator for Exwick 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 Exwick

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 generated 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 is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Exwick

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Exwick, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Exwick.

Closest five municipalities to Exwick
Municipality Distance from Exwick
Beacon Heath -
Exeter city centre 0.66 miles
St Thomas 1.3 miles
Countess Wear 1.3 miles