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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Millbridge

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

About Millbridge, Devon

Millbridge PL1 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Millbridge?

Millbridge water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Millbridge

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Millbridge water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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, 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

Water rates in Millbridge

Water bill in Millbridge

Water rates in Millbridge will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Millbridge water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Millbridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Millbridge

Customers with a water meter at their Millbridge 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 Millbridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Millbridge

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Millbridge is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Millbridge 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Millbridge 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 Millbridge?

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

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How do I pay my Millbridge water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West 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 Millbridge bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Millbridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Millbridge PL1, 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.

Millbridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Millbridge

Is water from the tap in Millbridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Millbridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Millbridge:

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

Is the water hard in Millbridge

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 Millbridge is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Millbridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Millbridge contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Millbridge.

Millbridge No Water

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

If there is no water at your Millbridge home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Millbridge.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Millbridge water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 Millbridge taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Millbridge water this may be due 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 Millbridge water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Millbridge 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 Millbridge PL1

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The broadband speed you get at your Millbridge home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Millbridge 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?

Millbridge Average Download Speed Millbridge Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Millbridge. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Millbridge?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more 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 worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Millbridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Millbridge is what's available. Whilst many homes in Millbridge should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area 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

How can I connect to the internet in Millbridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Millbridge
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called '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 internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Millbridge homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Millbridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Millbridge.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Millbridge broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Millbridge. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Millbridge. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Millbridge Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Millbridge also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Millbridge home is going to be important.

Millbridge broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Millbridge internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Millbridge.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Millbridge ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Millbridge?

The average speed of broadband in Millbridge is:

Millbridge Average Download Speed Millbridge Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 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 - 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Millbridge, 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 Millbridge property. 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 speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Millbridge.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download 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 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Millbridge

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Millbridge is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Millbridge, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Millbridge call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of 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 a plan that includes 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 different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Millbridge

People living in Millbridge can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be 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 connects your Millbridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Millbridge distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Millbridge 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 Millbridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Millbridge 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 Millbridge

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

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%). 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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, 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 sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Millbridge

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Millbridge, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Millbridge.

Closest five municipalities to Millbridge
Municipality Distance from Millbridge
The Hoe -
Devonport -
Plymouth -
Laira 0.87 miles