Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Paignton
If you just moved and have some questions about Paignton? Our complete guide to utilities in Paignton will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Paignton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Paignton.
About Paignton, Devon
Paignton TQ3 has a population of 49,021 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.
Who supplies my water in Paignton?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Paignton
Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Paignton water problems.
In the table below we have listed the main contact 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|
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Write to South West Water
Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.
If you prefer to write 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
Cost of water in Paignton
Water rates in Paignton are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Paignton water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Paignton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Paignton
Customers that have a water meter at their Paignton home will pay a fixed annual 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 cover the consumption at your Paignton home.
Unmetered Customers in Paignton
Customers without a meter at their Paignton home will pay 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 Paignton home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Paignton is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Paignton water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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 Paignton may save you money.
Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Paignton?
The average water bill Paignton residents are billed is £18.17 each month, that's £218 per year.
Expensive Paignton water bills?
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How do I pay my Paignton water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Paignton bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Paignton?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Paignton TQ3, 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.
Paignton Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Paignton have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Paignton
Is water from the tap in Paignton safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Paignton. You can rest assured that Paignton water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Paignton 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 Paignton water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Paignton come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Paignton:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Paignton
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 Paignton is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Paignton is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Paignton contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.
Water softener isn't needed at your home in Paignton.
Paignton No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Paignton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Paignton.
If there is no water at your Paignton home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Paignton.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. You can also try the following:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Check the Twitter account of South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Paignton water leak or flooding
Paignton water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Paignton home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.
If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Paignton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
- If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Paignton taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Paignton water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Paignton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Paignton water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water using the contact information above.
Broadband in Paignton TQ3
The broadband speed you get at your Paignton home depends on several factors such as:
- Fibre availability
- Proximity of the local telephone exchange
- Where you've placed your router
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your broadband provider
Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Paignton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Paignton Average Download Speed||Paignton Average Upload Speed|
|57.20 Mbps||11.33 Mbps|
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Paignton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.
What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Paignton?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Paignton.
The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Paignton is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Paignton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.
That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
What kinds of internet connection are available in Paignton?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Paignton
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre 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.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Paignton homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Paignton.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Paignton?
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Paignton broadband value for money
Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Paignton. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Paignton. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Paignton Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Paignton also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.
When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Paignton home will be an important thing to consider.
Paignton broadband customer support
Lastly, the technical support for your Paignton broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Paignton.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Paignton have about broadband internet.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is the broadband in Paignton?
The average internet speed in Paignton is:
|Paignton Average Download Speed||Paignton Average Upload Speed|
|57.20 Mbps||11.33 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.
- 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
- FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Paignton, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Paignton property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .
What broadband speed do I need?
That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Paignton.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Download Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Up to 5 devices||AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|5 devices or more||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 travels 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 landline area code in Paignton
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Paignton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Paignton, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 01806 Paignton call cost?
If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included in that 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 are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.
How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Electricity and Gas in Paignton
Residents of Paignton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Paignton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
In many cases you won't need to contact the Paignton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Paignton right here.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Paignton
The electricity distribution network operator for Paignton 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|
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Paignton
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Paignton.
In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Paignton
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Paignton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Paignton.