Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Locking

If you just moved and have some questions about Locking? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Locking will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Locking water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Locking.

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About Locking, Somerset

Locking BS24 has a population of 1,742 and is located in the county of Somerset. Somerset has a population of 560,631 people.

Who supplies my water in Locking?

Locking water utilities are supplied by Bristol Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Bristol Water:

How to reach your water provider in Locking

Ringing a contact number for Bristol Water is one of many options to talk about your Locking water account.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Bristol Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Bristol Water phone number Bristol Water Emergency phone number
0345 600 3600 0345 702 3797
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Bank holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Bristol Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Bristol Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Bristol Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Bristol Water can do so by writing to the Bristol Water address below:

Bristol Water Address
Customer Services, BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk
Bristol
BS48 1WA

Customers that would rather email Bristol Water, you must use the following email address:

Bristol Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Locking

Water bill in Locking

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

Metered Customers in Locking

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Locking 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 Bristol Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Locking home.

Unmetered Customers in Locking

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Locking will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Locking 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Locking could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Locking?

The average water bill Locking residents are being charged is £16.83 monthly, which works out at £202 annually.

How do I pay my Locking water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Bristol Water. After you register your details with Bristol Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Locking 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. When you set up your Bristol 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 Locking?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Locking BS24, your water supplier is Bristol 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.

Locking Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Locking

Is water from the tap in Locking safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Locking come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Locking:

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

How hard is the water in Locking

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 Locking is more than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Locking is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Locking contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Locking.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Locking No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Locking home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Locking.

If there is no water at your Locking home, do you only have 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 Locking.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Bristol Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Locking water leak or flooding

Locking water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Locking home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Locking property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Bristol Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Bristol Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Locking taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Locking 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 affect it by infusing your Locking water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Locking water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Bristol Water using the contact information above.

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Internet in Locking BS24

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The speed of your internet connection at your Locking home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Locking with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Locking Average Download Speed Locking Average Upload Speed
51.75 Mbps 12.55 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Locking. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Locking?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Locking.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Locking is what's available. The majority of homes in Locking should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years 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 are the different types of connection in Locking?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Locking
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Locking 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 Locking.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Locking.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Locking broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Locking. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Locking. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Locking Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Locking also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Locking home is something to think about.

Locking broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Locking broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Locking.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Locking have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Locking?

The average speed of broadband in Locking is:

Locking Average Download Speed Locking Average Upload Speed
51.75 Mbps 12.55 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 - 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 a green box on your street in Locking, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Locking property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Locking.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Locking

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Locking is 01806. When making a call to someone in Locking, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Locking call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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 Supply in Locking

People living in Locking are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is 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 supplies your Locking home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Locking distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Locking below.

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 Locking

The electricity distribution network operator for Locking 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Lostwithiel Road
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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

Power Generation near Locking

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Locking

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Locking, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Locking.