Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Minehead

If you just moved and have some questions about Minehead? Our utilities guide to Minehead will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Minehead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Minehead.

The AA Car Insurance Logo

Renewing Your Car Insurance?

Find out if The AA can save your money on your car insurace

About Minehead, Somerset

Minehead TA24 has a population of 11,981 and is located in the county of Somerset. Somerset has a population of 560,631 people.

Who supplies my water in Minehead?

Minehead water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water, and Wessex Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Minehead

Calling a phone number for South West Water or Wessex Water is one of many options to deal with your Minehead water problems.

South West Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

Wessex Water phone numbers

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Wessex Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Wessex Water contact number Wessex Water Emergency contact number
0345 600 3 600 0345 600 4600
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to South West Water or Wessex Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water or Wessex Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water or Wessex Water website.

South West Water

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

Wessex Water

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

Wessex Water Address
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7WW

If you want to email Wessex Water, you must use the following email address:

Wessex Water Email Address
[email protected]
EDF Energy Logo

Need a Better Deal on Gas and Electric?

Find out how much you can save with EDF Energy today

Price of water in Minehead

Water bill in Minehead

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

Metered Customers in Minehead

Customers with a water meter at their Minehead home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water or Wessex Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Minehead home.

Unmetered Customers in Minehead

Customers without a meter at their Minehead 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 Minehead home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Minehead is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Minehead 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Minehead might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Minehead?

The average water bill Minehead residents are billed varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Per Month Average Water Bill Per Year
South West Water £18.17 £218
Wessex Water £19.83 £238

How do I pay my Minehead water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water or Wessex Water. After you've registered with South West Water or Wessex Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Minehead bill. While some customers like an 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 or Wessex 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 Minehead?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Minehead TA24, your water suppliers are South West Water and Wessex 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.

Minehead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Minehead

Is the tap water in Minehead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Minehead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Minehead:

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

Is the water hard in Minehead

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 Minehead is fewer than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Minehead is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Minehead more than. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. There may also be more limescale in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Minehead.

  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.

Minehead No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water or Wessex Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water or Wessex Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South West Water or Wessex 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.

Minehead water leak or flooding

Minehead water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Minehead home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Minehead property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water or Wessex Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water or Wessex Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Minehead taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Minehead water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Minehead water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Minehead water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water or Wessex Water via the contact channels listed above.

TalkTalk Logo

Need a New Broadband Deal?

Get TalkTalk today for fast and cheap fibre broadband

Broadband in Minehead TA24

Mineheadinternet connected globe

The broadband speed you get at your Minehead home depends on 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 are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Minehead 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?

Minehead Average Download Speed Minehead Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 14.50 Mbps
John Lewis Broadband	
 Logo

Get Broadband From John Lewis

Broadband and phone deals from your favourite department store

The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Minehead. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Minehead?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Minehead.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Minehead is what's available. Most homes in Minehead should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Minehead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Minehead
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Minehead homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Minehead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Minehead.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
Vodafone UK Logo

Bundle Mobile, Broadband and TV

Get Vodafone and simplify your bills with these great value offers

broadband connections options

Minehead broadband value for money

Minehead broadband bill

You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Minehead. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Minehead. 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 which affects millions of BT customers.

Minehead Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Minehead also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Minehead home will be an important thing to consider.

Minehead broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Minehead broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Minehead.

[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Minehead ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Minehead?

The average internet speed in Minehead is:

Minehead Average Download Speed Minehead Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 14.50 Mbps

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

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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Minehead, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Minehead house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Minehead.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

BT Broadband & Mobile Logo

Looking for Great Value Broadband?

Get a BT ultrafast fibre broadband deal today and bundle your TV

What's the telephone area code for Minehead

Corded telephone area code Minehead

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Minehead is 01643. When making a call to someone in Minehead, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01643 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01643 Minehead call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Minehead

Residents of Minehead are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, 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 it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Minehead home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Minehead distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Minehead in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Minehead

The electricity distribution network operator for Minehead 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
Bodmin, Cornwall
ShellEnergy Logo

Looking For Cheaper Gas and Electric?

Switch to Shell Energy and pay less for your gas and electric

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  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 Minehead

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

EDF Energy Logo

Need a Better Deal on Gas and Electric?

Find out how much you can save with EDF Energy today

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types 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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Minehead

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Minehead, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Minehead.

Closest five municipalities to Minehead
Municipality Distance from Minehead
Lynton 6.84 miles
Barnstaple 9.22 miles
Dulverton 13.01 miles
Watchet 14.6 miles
South Molton 15.02 miles