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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Newton Ferrers

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

About Newton Ferrers, Devon

Newton Ferrers PL8 has a population of 1,268 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Newton Ferrers?

Newton Ferrers 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 Newton Ferrers

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Newton Ferrers water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Newton Ferrers

Water bill in Newton Ferrers

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

Metered Customers in Newton Ferrers

Customers with a water meter at their Newton Ferrers house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Newton Ferrers home.

Unmetered Customers in Newton Ferrers

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Newton Ferrers home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Newton Ferrers home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Newton Ferrers will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Newton Ferrers water rates will 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 you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Newton Ferrers 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 Newton Ferrers?

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

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How do I pay my Newton Ferrers water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Newton Ferrers 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 Newton Ferrers?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Newton Ferrers PL8, 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.

Newton Ferrers Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Newton Ferrers

Is water from the tap in Newton Ferrers safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Newton Ferrers come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Newton Ferrers:

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

Is the water hard in Newton Ferrers

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 Newton Ferrers is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Newton Ferrers is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Newton Ferrers contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Newton Ferrers No Water

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

If there is no water at your Newton Ferrers 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 Newton Ferrers.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Newton Ferrers water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Newton Ferrers property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Newton Ferrers taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Newton Ferrers 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 impermeate the Newton Ferrers 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 Newton Ferrers water.

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

Internet in Newton Ferrers PL8

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The broadband speed you get at your Newton Ferrers home is dependant upon 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
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Newton Ferrers 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?

Newton Ferrers Average Download Speed Newton Ferrers Average Upload Speed
63.20 Mbps 11.30 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Newton Ferrers. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Newton Ferrers?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Newton Ferrers.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when picking a broadband provider in Newton Ferrers is what's available. Most homes in Newton Ferrers should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Newton Ferrers?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Newton Ferrers
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Newton Ferrers homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Newton Ferrers.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Newton Ferrers.
    • 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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Newton Ferrers broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Newton Ferrers. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Newton Ferrers. 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.

Newton Ferrers Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Newton Ferrers also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Newton Ferrers home is going to be important.

Newton Ferrers broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Newton Ferrers internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Newton Ferrers.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Newton Ferrers?

The average broadband speed in Newton Ferrers is:

Newton Ferrers Average Download Speed Newton Ferrers Average Upload Speed
63.20 Mbps 11.30 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Newton Ferrers, from there it's connected to your home 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 Newton Ferrers house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Newton Ferrers.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, 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 transmit data 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 Newton Ferrers

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Newton Ferrers is 01806. When making a call to someone in Newton Ferrers, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Newton Ferrers call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make 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 Newton Ferrers

Residents in Newton Ferrers can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Newton Ferrers home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Newton Ferrers distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Newton Ferrers 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 Newton Ferrers

The electricity distribution network operator for Newton Ferrers 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 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
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Power Generation near Newton Ferrers

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

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 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Newton Ferrers

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Newton Ferrers, we've found the five closest municipalities to Newton Ferrers.

Closest five municipalities to Newton Ferrers
Municipality Distance from Newton Ferrers
Brixton -
Yealmpton -
Wembury 1.65 miles
Mount Batten 1.65 miles
Heybrook Bay 1.65 miles