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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kingsbridge

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

About Kingsbridge, Devon

Kingsbridge TQ7 has a population of 6,116 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Kingsbridge?

Kingsbridge water services are provided by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Kingsbridge

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Kingsbridge water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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 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

Water rates in Kingsbridge

Water bill in Kingsbridge

Water rates in Kingsbridge are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Kingsbridge water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Kingsbridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Kingsbridge

Customers that have a water meter at their Kingsbridge property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Kingsbridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Kingsbridge

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Kingsbridge home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Kingsbridge home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Kingsbridge will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Kingsbridge water rates would 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Kingsbridge could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Kingsbridge?

The average water bill Kingsbridge residents are being charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Kingsbridge water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 Kingsbridge 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 Kingsbridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kingsbridge TQ7, 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.

Kingsbridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kingsbridge

Is water from the tap in Kingsbridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kingsbridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kingsbridge:

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

How hard is the water in Kingsbridge

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 Kingsbridge is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Kingsbridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Kingsbridge 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Kingsbridge No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Kingsbridge home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Kingsbridge.

If there is no water at your Kingsbridge home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Kingsbridge.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Kingsbridge water leak or flooding

Kingsbridge water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kingsbridge 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 Kingsbridge property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call 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 Kingsbridge taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Kingsbridge 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 affect it by infusing your Kingsbridge water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Kingsbridge water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Kingsbridge TQ7

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The broadband speed you get at your Kingsbridge home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Kingsbridge Average Download Speed Kingsbridge Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Kingsbridge. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Kingsbridge?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Kingsbridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Kingsbridge is the issue of availability. Most homes in Kingsbridge should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Kingsbridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Kingsbridge
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads 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 Kingsbridge homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Kingsbridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Kingsbridge.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Kingsbridge broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Kingsbridge. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Kingsbridge. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Kingsbridge Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Kingsbridge must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Kingsbridge home is going to be important.

Kingsbridge broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Kingsbridge internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Kingsbridge.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Kingsbridge have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Kingsbridge?

The average speed of broadband in Kingsbridge is:

Kingsbridge Average Download Speed Kingsbridge Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Kingsbridge, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Kingsbridge home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Kingsbridge.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Kingsbridge

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Kingsbridge is 01548. If you're calling somebody in Kingsbridge, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01548 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01548 Kingsbridge call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Kingsbridge

People living in Kingsbridge can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Kingsbridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Kingsbridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Kingsbridge 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 Kingsbridge

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Kingsbridge

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Kingsbridge, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Kingsbridge.

Closest five municipalities to Kingsbridge
Municipality Distance from Kingsbridge
Brownston 9.79 miles
Ivybridge 9.79 miles
Modbury 9.79 miles
Ugborough 9.79 miles
Cornwood 9.79 miles