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A Complete Guide to Utilities in South Brent

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

About South Brent, Devon

South Brent TQ10 has a population of 2,559 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in South Brent?

South Brent water services 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 South Brent

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is just one method of contact to discuss your South Brent water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with 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 write 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 South Brent

Water bill in South Brent

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

Metered Customers in South Brent

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

Unmetered Customers in South Brent

Customers that don't have a water meter at their South Brent home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your South Brent home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in South Brent is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your South Brent water prices were 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your South Brent 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 South Brent?

The average water bill South Brent residents are charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 per year.

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How do I pay my South Brent water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 South Brent bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 South Brent?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in South Brent TQ10, 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.

South Brent Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in South Brent

Is the tap water in South Brent safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in South Brent come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply South Brent:

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

What's the water hardness rating in South Brent

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in South Brent 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home 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 South Brent.

South Brent No Water

If you don't have any running water in your South Brent home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting South Brent.

If there is no water at your South Brent 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 South Brent.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

South Brent water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your South Brent property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 South Brent taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your South Brent 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 infuse the South Brent water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to South Brent water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in South Brent TQ10

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The speed of your internet connection at your South Brent home can vary depending on 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 broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for South Brent with our fast and simple speed test.

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

South Brent Average Download Speed South Brent Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in South Brent. 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.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in South Brent?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in South Brent.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in South Brent is the availability. Most homes in South Brent can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in South Brent?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in South Brent
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of South Brent homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of South Brent.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in South Brent.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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South Brent broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in South Brent. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in South Brent. 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.

South Brent Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in South Brent should 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 a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your South Brent home will be an important thing to consider.

South Brent broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your South Brent broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in South Brent.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in South Brent?

The average internet speed in South Brent is:

South Brent Average Download Speed South Brent Average Upload Speed
52.75 Mbps 10.65 Mbps

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

Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in South Brent, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your South Brent home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should choose for a broadband service in South Brent.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for South Brent

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for South Brent is 01806. If you call someone in South Brent, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 South Brent call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in South Brent

Residents in South Brent can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the South Brent distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for South Brent 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 South Brent

The electricity distribution network operator for South Brent 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 South Brent

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By South Brent

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to South Brent, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to South Brent.

Closest five municipalities to South Brent
Municipality Distance from South Brent
Ivybridge 4.16 miles
Modbury 4.16 miles
Ugborough 4.16 miles
Cornwood 4.16 miles
Ermington 4.16 miles