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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Honicknowle

If you just moved and have some questions about Honicknowle? Our complete guide to utilities in Honicknowle is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Honicknowle water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Honicknowle.

About Honicknowle, Devon

Honicknowle PL5 has a population of 9,879 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Honicknowle?

Honicknowle water utilities are supplied by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Honicknowle

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Honicknowle water issues.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

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.

If you prefer to write 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 Honicknowle

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

Metered Customers in Honicknowle

Customers with a water meter at their Honicknowle 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Honicknowle home.

Unmetered Customers in Honicknowle

Customers who don't have a meter at their Honicknowle 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 Honicknowle home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Honicknowle is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Honicknowle water rates will have been 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 Honicknowle might work out cheaper.

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 Honicknowle?

The average water bill Honicknowle residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Honicknowle water bill?

You will first 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Honicknowle bill. While some customers like an annual payment, 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Honicknowle?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Honicknowle PL5, 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.

Honicknowle Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Honicknowle

Is the tap water in Honicknowle safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Honicknowle. You can rest assured that Honicknowle water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Honicknowle water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Honicknowle water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Honicknowle come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Honicknowle:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Honicknowle

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 rating for water hardness in Honicknowle is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Honicknowle is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Honicknowle contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Honicknowle No Water

If you have no water in your Honicknowle home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Honicknowle.

If there is no water at your Honicknowle 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 Honicknowle.

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

  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. 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Honicknowle water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Honicknowle 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, 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 Honicknowle taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Honicknowle water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Honicknowle PL5

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Honicknowle 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?

Honicknowle Average Download Speed Honicknowle Average Upload Speed
85.95 Mbps 13.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Honicknowle. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Honicknowle?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Honicknowle.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Honicknowle is what's available. The majority of homes in Honicknowle should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the 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 Honicknowle?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Honicknowle
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Honicknowle homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Honicknowle.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Honicknowle.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Honicknowle broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Honicknowle. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Honicknowle. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Honicknowle Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Honicknowle also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Honicknowle home is going to be important.

Honicknowle broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Honicknowle broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Honicknowle.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Honicknowle?

The average speed of broadband in Honicknowle is:

Honicknowle Average Download Speed Honicknowle Average Upload Speed
85.95 Mbps 13.10 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 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Honicknowle, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Honicknowle home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Honicknowle.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Honicknowle

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Honicknowle is 01806. When making a call to someone in Honicknowle, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Honicknowle call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably be included with your 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 unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Honicknowle

Residents of Honicknowle can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, 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 and operates the infrastructure that connect your Honicknowle home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Honicknowle distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Honicknowle in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Honicknowle

The electricity distribution network operator for Honicknowle 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Honicknowle

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Honicknowle

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Honicknowle, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Honicknowle.

Closest five municipalities to Honicknowle
Municipality Distance from Honicknowle
Ernesettle -
St. Budeaux -
Whitleigh -
Tamerton Foliot -
Laira 1.76 miles