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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Goodrington

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

About Goodrington, Devon

Goodrington TQ4 has a population of 6,910 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Goodrington?

Goodrington water services are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Goodrington

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many options to deal with your Goodrington water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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 Goodrington

Water bill in Goodrington

Water rates in Goodrington will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Goodrington water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Goodrington water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Goodrington

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

Unmetered Customers in Goodrington

Customers without a meter at their Goodrington 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 Goodrington home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Goodrington is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Goodrington 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 are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Goodrington could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Goodrington?

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

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How do I pay my Goodrington water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Goodrington bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Goodrington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Goodrington TQ4, 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.

Goodrington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Goodrington

Is tap water in Goodrington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Goodrington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Goodrington:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Goodrington

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 Goodrington is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Goodrington is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Goodrington contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Goodrington.

Goodrington No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Goodrington home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Goodrington.

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

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

Goodrington water leak or flooding

Goodrington water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Goodrington home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Goodrington taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Goodrington water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Goodrington 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 Goodrington water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Goodrington TQ4

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The broadband speed you get at your Goodrington home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Goodrington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Goodrington Average Download Speed Goodrington Average Upload Speed
56.45 Mbps 11.40 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Goodrington. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Goodrington.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Goodrington is what's available. The majority of homes in Goodrington should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Goodrington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Goodrington
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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 internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Goodrington homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Goodrington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Goodrington.
    • 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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Goodrington broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Goodrington. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Goodrington. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Goodrington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Goodrington should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

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

Goodrington broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Goodrington broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Goodrington.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Goodrington?

The average speed of broadband in Goodrington is:

Goodrington Average Download Speed Goodrington Average Upload Speed
56.45 Mbps 11.40 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 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 boxes on your street in Goodrington, 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 Goodrington home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Goodrington.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Goodrington

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Goodrington is 01803. When making a call to someone in Goodrington, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01803 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01803 Goodrington call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Goodrington

Residents in Goodrington can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Goodrington home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Goodrington distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Goodrington below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Goodrington

The electricity distribution network operator for Goodrington 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 Goodrington

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

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%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Goodrington

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Goodrington, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Goodrington.

Closest five municipalities to Goodrington
Municipality Distance from Goodrington
Paignton 1.85 miles
Brixham 2.86 miles
Totnes 3.34 miles
Torquay 3.67 miles