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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Plympton

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

About Plympton, Devon

Plympton PL7 has a population of 8,783 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Plympton?

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

How to reach your water provider in Plympton

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

In the table below you will find the telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Price of water in Plympton

Water bill in Plympton

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

Metered Customers in Plympton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Plympton home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Plympton home.

Unmetered Customers in Plympton

Customers without a meter at their Plympton home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Plympton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Plympton will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Plympton 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Plympton could be cheaper.

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 Plympton?

The average water bill Plympton residents are being charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Plympton water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you register your details 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Plympton 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. After you've set up your South West Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Plympton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Plympton PL7, 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.

Plympton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Plympton

Is water from the tap in Plympton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Plympton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Plympton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Plympton

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 Plympton is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Plympton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Plympton 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 shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Plympton.

Plympton No Water

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

If there is no water at your Plympton 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 Plympton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Plympton water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Plympton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Plympton water this could be because of 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 affect it by infusing your Plympton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Plympton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Plympton PL7

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The speed of your internet connection at your Plympton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Plympton with our fast and simple speed test.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Plympton Average Download Speed Plympton Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 10.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Plympton. 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 UK households.

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 choosing an internet provider in Plympton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Plympton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Plympton is what's available. Whilst many homes in Plympton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built 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

How can I connect to the internet in Plympton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Plympton
    • Fibre broadband is split 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 has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Plympton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Plympton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Plympton.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Plympton broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Plympton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Plympton. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Plympton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Plympton also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

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

Plympton broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Plympton broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Plympton.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Plympton have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Plympton?

The average internet speed in Plympton is:

Plympton Average Download Speed Plympton Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 10.80 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 - 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Plympton, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Plympton home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Plympton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
More than 5 devices All the above plus 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Plympton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Plympton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Plympton, 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 Plympton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your 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 calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making 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 Supply in Plympton

Residents of Plympton are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Plympton home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Plympton distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Plympton below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Plympton

The electricity distribution network operator for Plympton 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Plympton

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

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 small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up 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 Close By Plympton

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

Closest five municipalities to Plympton
Municipality Distance from Plympton
Leigham 2.83 miles
Estover 2.83 miles
Southway 2.83 miles
Derriford 2.83 miles
Eggbuckland 2.83 miles