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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Leigham

Are you moving and want to know more about Leigham? Our utilities guide to Leigham is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Leigham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Leigham.

About Leigham, Devon

Leigham PL6 has a population of 4,665 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Leigham?

Leigham water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Leigham

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Leigham water issues.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

You can also write to South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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

Cost of water in Leigham

Water bill in Leigham

Water rates in Leigham depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Leigham water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Leigham water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Leigham

Customers that have a water meter at their Leigham house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 are for the consumption at your Leigham home.

Unmetered Customers in Leigham

Customers who don't have a meter at their Leigham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Leigham home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Leigham is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Leigham 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Leigham may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Leigham?

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

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How do I pay my Leigham water bill?

First of all, you will 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 Leigham 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Leigham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Leigham PL6, 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.

Leigham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Leigham

Is the tap water in Leigham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Leigham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Leigham:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Leigham

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 Leigham is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Leigham is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Leigham contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Leigham No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Leigham 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 Leigham.

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Leigham water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Leigham taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Leigham 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 Leigham 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 Leigham water.

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

Internet in Leigham PL6

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Leigham with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Leigham Average Download Speed Leigham Average Upload Speed
71.03 Mbps 12.17 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Leigham. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Leigham?

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 could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Leigham.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Leigham is the availability. Whilst many homes in Leigham should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Leigham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Leigham
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called '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 older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Leigham homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Leigham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Leigham.
    • 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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Leigham broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Leigham. You will see many broadband providers are 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 sign up to a internet connection in Leigham. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Leigham Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Leigham also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Leigham home is going to be important.

Leigham broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Leigham internet connection is really 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 is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Leigham.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Leigham?

The average broadband speed in Leigham is:

Leigham Average Download Speed Leigham Average Upload Speed
71.03 Mbps 12.17 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Leigham, 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 Leigham house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 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. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should take for a broadband service in Leigham.

Usual Internet habits 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 the above, plus 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Leigham

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Leigham is 01806. When making a call to someone in Leigham, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Leigham call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 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 calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different 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 Leigham

Residents in Leigham are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Leigham home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Leigham distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Leigham right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Leigham

The electricity distribution network operator for Leigham 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 Leigham

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

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 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

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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Leigham

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Leigham, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Leigham.

Closest five municipalities to Leigham
Municipality Distance from Leigham
Southway -
Derriford -
Eggbuckland -
Roborough -
Laira 1.88 miles