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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Great Torrington

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

About Great Torrington, Devon

Great Torrington EX38 has a population of 5,714 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Great Torrington?

Great Torrington water services are provided by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Great Torrington

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Great Torrington water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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 write to South West Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Great Torrington

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

Metered Customers in Great Torrington

Customers with a water meter at their Great Torrington property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Great Torrington home.

Unmetered Customers in Great Torrington

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Great Torrington is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Great Torrington water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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 Great Torrington might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Great Torrington?

The average water bill Great Torrington residents are charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Great Torrington water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Great Torrington bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your South West 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 Great Torrington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Great Torrington EX38, 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.

Great Torrington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Great Torrington

Is tap water in Great Torrington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Great Torrington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Great Torrington:

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

Is the water hard in Great Torrington

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 Great Torrington is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Great Torrington is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Great Torrington contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Great Torrington.

Great Torrington No Water

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

If there is no water at your Great Torrington 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 Great Torrington.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Great Torrington water leak or flooding

Great Torrington water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Great Torrington 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 Great Torrington property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  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, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Great Torrington taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Great Torrington water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

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

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Great Torrington EX38

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Great Torrington home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Great Torrington with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Great Torrington Average Download Speed Great Torrington Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Great Torrington. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Great Torrington?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Great Torrington.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Great Torrington is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Great Torrington should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Great Torrington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Great Torrington
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Great Torrington homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Great Torrington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Great Torrington.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Great Torrington broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Great Torrington. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Great Torrington. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Great Torrington Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Great Torrington must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Great Torrington home will be an important thing to consider.

Great Torrington broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Great Torrington internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises 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 Great Torrington.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Great Torrington ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Great Torrington?

The average broadband speed in Great Torrington is:

Great Torrington Average Download Speed Great Torrington Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 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 - 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 is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Great Torrington, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Great Torrington property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Great Torrington.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Great Torrington

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Great Torrington is 01805. When making a call to someone in Great Torrington, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01805 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01805 Great Torrington call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Great Torrington

People living in Great Torrington are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Great Torrington home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Great Torrington distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Great Torrington in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Great Torrington

The electricity distribution network operator for Great Torrington 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 Great Torrington

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can 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 Near Great Torrington

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Great Torrington, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Great Torrington.

Closest five municipalities to Great Torrington
Municipality Distance from Great Torrington
Lundy Island 6.58 miles
Beaworthy 6.74 miles
Winkleigh 7.94 miles
Umberleigh 9.54 miles
Holsworthy 10.16 miles