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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Salcombe

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

About Salcombe, Devon

Salcombe TQ8 has a population of 1,909 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Salcombe?

Salcombe water services are provided 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 Salcombe

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Salcombe 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via 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 Salcombe

Water bill in Salcombe

Water rates in Salcombe are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Salcombe water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Salcombe water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Salcombe

Customers with a water meter at their Salcombe house will pay an annual fixed 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 are for the consumption at your Salcombe home.

Unmetered Customers in Salcombe

Customers without a meter at their Salcombe home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Salcombe home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Salcombe is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Salcombe water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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 Salcombe might work out cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Salcombe?

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

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How do I pay my Salcombe water bill?

First of all, you will 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Salcombe bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Salcombe?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Salcombe TQ8, 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.

Salcombe Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Salcombe

Is the tap water in Salcombe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Salcombe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Salcombe:

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

How hard is the water in Salcombe

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Salcombe 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. 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 Salcombe.

Salcombe No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Salcombe home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Salcombe.

If there is no water at your Salcombe home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Salcombe.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following 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. Check the Twitter account of South West Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Salcombe water leak or flooding

Salcombe water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Salcombe home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Salcombe property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Salcombe taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Salcombe 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 Salcombe water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Salcombe water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Salcombe TQ8

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The broadband speed you get at your Salcombe home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Salcombe 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?

Salcombe Average Download Speed Salcombe Average Upload Speed
42.30 Mbps 10.00 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Salcombe. 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.

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

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

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 might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Salcombe.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Salcombe is the issue of availability. Most homes in Salcombe should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Salcombe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Salcombe
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Salcombe homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Salcombe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Salcombe.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Salcombe broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Salcombe. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet service in Salcombe. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Salcombe Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Salcombe must 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 keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Salcombe home is going to be important.

Salcombe broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Salcombe internet connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need 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 is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Salcombe.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Salcombe?

The average broadband speed in Salcombe is:

Salcombe Average Download Speed Salcombe Average Upload Speed
42.30 Mbps 10.00 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Salcombe, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Salcombe house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

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 rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take when getting connected in Salcombe.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Salcombe

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Salcombe is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Salcombe, 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 Salcombe 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, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone 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 in Salcombe

Residents in Salcombe are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Salcombe home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Salcombe distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Salcombe in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Salcombe

The electricity distribution network operator for Salcombe 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 Salcombe

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up 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 Salcombe

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Salcombe, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Salcombe.

Closest five municipalities to Salcombe
Municipality Distance from Salcombe
Dartmouth 11.89 miles
Brownston 12.09 miles
Ivybridge 12.09 miles
Modbury 12.09 miles
Ugborough 12.09 miles