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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Prince Rock

If you've moved and have questions about Prince Rock? Our utilities guide to Prince Rock is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Prince Rock water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Prince Rock.

About Prince Rock, Devon

Prince Rock PL4 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Prince Rock?

Prince Rock water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Prince Rock

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Prince Rock water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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 Prince Rock

Water bill in Prince Rock

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

Metered Customers in Prince Rock

Customers with a water meter at their Prince Rock 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Prince Rock home.

Unmetered Customers in Prince Rock

Customers who don't have a meter at their Prince Rock home will pay 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 Prince Rock home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Prince Rock will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Prince Rock 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? 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 Prince Rock could be 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 Prince Rock?

The average water bill Prince Rock residents are billed is £18.17 per month, which is £218 per year.

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How do I pay my Prince Rock water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Prince Rock bill. While some customers like an 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 Prince Rock?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Prince Rock PL4, 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.

Prince Rock Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Prince Rock

Is tap water in Prince Rock safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Prince Rock come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Prince Rock:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Prince Rock

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 Prince Rock is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Prince Rock is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Prince Rock contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Prince Rock.

Prince Rock No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Prince Rock home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Prince Rock.

If there is no water at your Prince Rock home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Prince Rock.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Prince Rock water leak or flooding

Prince Rock water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Prince Rock 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 Prince Rock property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

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

Why does the water in Prince Rock taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Prince Rock water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Prince Rock water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Prince Rock water.

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

Broadband in Prince Rock PL4

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Prince Rock home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • 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 Prince Rock 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?

Prince Rock Average Download Speed Prince Rock Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Prince Rock. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Prince Rock?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Prince Rock.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Prince Rock is the availability. Most homes in Prince Rock can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Prince Rock?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Prince Rock
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Prince Rock homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Prince Rock.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Prince Rock.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Prince Rock broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Prince Rock. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially 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 internet service in Prince Rock. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Prince Rock Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Prince Rock also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Prince Rock home is going to be important.

Prince Rock broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Prince Rock broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Prince Rock.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Prince Rock?

The average speed of broadband in Prince Rock is:

Prince Rock Average Download Speed Prince Rock Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 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 a green box on your street in Prince Rock, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Prince Rock home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when getting connected in Prince Rock.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download 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
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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Prince Rock

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Prince Rock is 01806. If you call someone in Prince Rock, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Prince Rock call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Prince Rock

Residents of Prince Rock are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Prince Rock home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Prince Rock distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Prince Rock below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Prince Rock

The electricity distribution network operator for Prince Rock 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Prince Rock

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Prince Rock

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Prince Rock, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Prince Rock.

Closest five municipalities to Prince Rock
Municipality Distance from Prince Rock
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St. Judes -