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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Princetown

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

About Princetown, Devon

Princetown PL20 has a population of 1,366 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Princetown?

Princetown water services are supplied by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Princetown

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

In the table below you will find the phone 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

You can also write to 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

Cost of water in Princetown

Water bill in Princetown

Water rates in Princetown are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Princetown water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Princetown water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Princetown

Customers with a water meter at their Princetown property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Princetown home.

Unmetered Customers in Princetown

Customers who don't have a meter at their Princetown home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Princetown home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Princetown will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Princetown 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Princetown 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 Princetown?

The average water bill Princetown residents are billed is £18.17 each month, that's £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Princetown water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Princetown bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up 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 Princetown?

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

Princetown Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Princetown

Is water from the tap in Princetown safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Princetown come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Princetown:

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

How hard is the water in Princetown

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 Princetown is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Princetown is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Princetown 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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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Princetown.

Princetown No Water

If you have no water in your Princetown home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Princetown.

If there is no water at your Princetown home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Princetown.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Princetown water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your 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 Princetown taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Princetown 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 affect it by infusing your Princetown water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Princetown water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Princetown PL20

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The broadband speed you get at your Princetown home is dependant upon 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 internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Princetown 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?

Princetown Average Download Speed Princetown Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Princetown. 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 homes in the UK.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Princetown?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Princetown.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Princetown is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Princetown should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Princetown?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Princetown
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Princetown homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Princetown.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Princetown.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Princetown broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Princetown. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Princetown. 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.

Princetown Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Princetown should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really 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 Princetown home is going to be important.

Princetown broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Princetown internet connection is really 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 provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Princetown.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Princetown ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Princetown?

The average broadband speed in Princetown is:

Princetown Average Download Speed Princetown Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of 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 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 a green box on your street in Princetown, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Princetown property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Princetown.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Princetown

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

How much does an 01806 Princetown call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call will probably 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 in Princetown

People living in Princetown are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Princetown home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Princetown distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Princetown below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Princetown

The electricity distribution network operator for Princetown 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 Princetown

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Princetown

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Princetown, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Princetown.