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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Postbridge

If you've moved and have questions about Postbridge? Our utilities guide to Postbridge will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Postbridge water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Postbridge.

About Postbridge, Devon

Postbridge PL20 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Postbridge?

Postbridge water services are provided by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Postbridge

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Postbridge water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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, 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 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 Postbridge

Water bill in Postbridge

Water rates in Postbridge depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Postbridge water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Postbridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Postbridge

Customers that have a water meter at their Postbridge house will pay an annual fixed 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Postbridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Postbridge

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Postbridge home will pay 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 Postbridge home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Postbridge is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Postbridge water rates will 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 you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Postbridge may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Postbridge?

The average water bill Postbridge residents are charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Postbridge water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Postbridge bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Postbridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Postbridge PL20, 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.

Postbridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Postbridge

Is the tap water in Postbridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Postbridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Postbridge:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Postbridge

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 Postbridge is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Postbridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Postbridge contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Postbridge No Water

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

If there is no water at your Postbridge home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Postbridge.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, they often post incident 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.

Postbridge water leak or flooding

Postbridge water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Postbridge home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Postbridge property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Postbridge taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Postbridge water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Postbridge water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Postbridge water.

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

Broadband in Postbridge PL20

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Postbridge with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Postbridge Average Download Speed Postbridge Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Postbridge. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Postbridge?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Postbridge.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Postbridge is the availability. Most homes in Postbridge should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Postbridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Postbridge
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Postbridge homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Postbridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Postbridge.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Postbridge broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Postbridge. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Postbridge. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Postbridge Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Postbridge must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Postbridge home will be an important thing to consider.

Postbridge broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Postbridge internet connection 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 in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Postbridge.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Postbridge have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Postbridge?

The average broadband speed in Postbridge is:

Postbridge Average Download Speed Postbridge Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Postbridge, from there it's connected to your home 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 Postbridge house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Postbridge.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Postbridge

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Postbridge is 01806. If you call someone in Postbridge, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Postbridge call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls 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 unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Postbridge

Residents in Postbridge are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Postbridge home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Postbridge distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Postbridge right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Postbridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Postbridge 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 Postbridge

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Postbridge

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