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A Complete Guide to Utilities in North Curry

Are you moving and want to know more about North Curry? Our complete guide to utilities in North Curry will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and North Curry water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in North Curry.

About North Curry, Devon

North Curry TA3 has a population of 926 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in North Curry?

North Curry water services are provided by Bristol Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Bristol Water, South West Water, and Wessex Water:

How to get in touch with the water suppliers in North Curry

Calling a phone number for Bristol Water, South West Water or Wessex Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your North Curry water account.

Bristol Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact 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
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South West Water contact numbers

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

Wessex Water contact numbers

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Wessex Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

Calling a phone number for Bristol Water, South West Water, Wessex Water, or is one of many contact methods to discuss your North Curry water account.

Write to Bristol Water, South West Water or Wessex Water

You can also write to Bristol Water, South West Water or Wessex Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Bristol Water, South West Water or Wessex Water website.

Bristol Water

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

If you would like to email Bristol Water, you can use the email address below:

Bristol Water Email Address
customer.services@bwbsl.co.uk

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 would like to email Wessex Water, you can use the email address below:

Wessex Water Email Address
info@wessexwater.co.uk

Price of water in North Curry

Water bill in North Curry

Water rates in North Curry will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your North Curry water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered North Curry water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in North Curry

Customers with a water meter at their North Curry 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 Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your North Curry home.

Unmetered Customers in North Curry

Customers that don't have a water meter at their North Curry 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 North Curry home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in North Curry will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your North Curry 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 are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your North Curry 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 North Curry?

The average water bill North Curry residents are being charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Water Bill Per Year
Bristol Water £16.83 £202
South West Water £18.17 £218
Wessex Water £19.83 £238
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How do I pay my North Curry water bill?

You will first need to register with Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water. Once you've registered an account with Bristol Water, 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your North Curry 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. As soon as you've set up your Bristol Water, 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 North Curry?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in North Curry TA3, your water suppliers are Bristol Water, 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.

North Curry Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in North Curry

Is water from the tap in North Curry safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in North Curry. You can rest assured that North Curry water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated North Curry water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter North Curry water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in North Curry come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply North Curry:

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

Is the water hard in North Curry

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 North Curry is less than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in North Curry is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in North Curry more than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

You should add a water softener to the water in North Curry.

  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.

North Curry No Water

If you have no water in your North Curry home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in North Curry.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex 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.

North Curry water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in North Curry taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your North Curry water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the North Curry water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to North Curry water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Bristol Water, South West Water, or Wessex Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in North Curry TA3

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The speed of your broadband connection at your North Curry home depends 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 are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for North Curry 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?

North Curry Average Download Speed North Curry Average Upload Speed
47.66 Mbps 14.54 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in North Curry. 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in North Curry?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in North Curry.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in North Curry is what's available. Most homes in North Curry can take advantage of superfast' or fibre 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in North Curry?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in North Curry
    • 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 internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of North Curry homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of North Curry.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in North Curry.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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North Curry broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in North Curry. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in North Curry. 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 which affects millions of BT customers.

North Curry Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in North Curry must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your North Curry home is something to think about.

North Curry broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your North Curry internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in North Curry.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in North Curry ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in North Curry?

The average broadband speed in North Curry is:

North Curry Average Download Speed North Curry Average Upload Speed
47.66 Mbps 14.54 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 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 North Curry, 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 North Curry home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in North Curry.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in North Curry

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for North Curry is 01806. If you call someone in North Curry, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 North Curry call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile 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, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with 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? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in North Curry

People living in North Curry can choose their gas and electricity provider, 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.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the North Curry distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for North Curry 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 North Curry

The electricity distribution network operator for North Curry 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 North Curry

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near North Curry

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby North Curry, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to North Curry.

Closest five municipalities to North Curry
Municipality Distance from North Curry
Bicknoller 0.09 miles
Bishops Lydeard 0.09 miles
Crowcombe 0.09 miles
West Bagborough 0.09 miles
Williton 0.09 miles