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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kingsteignton

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

About Kingsteignton, Devon

Kingsteignton TQ12 has a population of 10,451 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Kingsteignton?

Kingsteignton 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 Kingsteignton

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Kingsteignton water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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 write to South West Water, by composing 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 Kingsteignton

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

Metered Customers in Kingsteignton

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

Unmetered Customers in Kingsteignton

Customers who don't have a meter at their Kingsteignton home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Kingsteignton home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Kingsteignton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Kingsteignton water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Kingsteignton may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Kingsteignton?

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

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How do I pay my Kingsteignton 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Kingsteignton 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Kingsteignton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kingsteignton TQ12, 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.

Kingsteignton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Kingsteignton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kingsteignton

Is tap water in Kingsteignton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kingsteignton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kingsteignton:

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

Is the water hard in Kingsteignton

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 Kingsteignton is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Kingsteignton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Kingsteignton 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 which extends their lifespan.

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

Kingsteignton No Water

If you have no water in your Kingsteignton home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Kingsteignton.

If there is no water at your Kingsteignton home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Kingsteignton.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Kingsteignton water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Kingsteignton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Kingsteignton 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 Kingsteignton 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 Kingsteignton 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 on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Kingsteignton TQ12

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Kingsteignton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Kingsteignton Average Download Speed Kingsteignton Average Upload Speed
53.98 Mbps 12.33 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Kingsteignton. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Kingsteignton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Kingsteignton is the issue of availability. Most homes in Kingsteignton should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Kingsteignton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Kingsteignton
    • We can split fibre connections 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 internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Kingsteignton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Kingsteignton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Kingsteignton.
    • 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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Kingsteignton broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Kingsteignton. 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. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Kingsteignton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Kingsteignton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Kingsteignton must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really 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 Kingsteignton home is going to be important.

Kingsteignton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Kingsteignton internet connection is of utmost importance. 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 provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Kingsteignton.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Kingsteignton?

The average internet speed in Kingsteignton is:

Kingsteignton Average Download Speed Kingsteignton Average Upload Speed
53.98 Mbps 12.33 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Kingsteignton, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Kingsteignton house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Kingsteignton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Kingsteignton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Kingsteignton is 01626. If you call someone in Kingsteignton, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01626 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01626 Kingsteignton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Kingsteignton

People living in Kingsteignton are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Kingsteignton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Kingsteignton right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Kingsteignton

The electricity distribution network operator for Kingsteignton 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 Kingsteignton

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can 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 Kingsteignton

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Kingsteignton, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Kingsteignton.

Closest five municipalities to Kingsteignton
Municipality Distance from Kingsteignton
Torquay 3.52 miles
St Marychurch 3.52 miles
Paignton 3.55 miles