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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Sparkwell

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

About Sparkwell, Devon

Sparkwell PL7 has a population of 1,202 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Sparkwell?

Sparkwell water services are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Sparkwell

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many options to deal with your Sparkwell water issues.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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 send your request via the South West Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 Sparkwell

Water bill in Sparkwell

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

Metered Customers in Sparkwell

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Sparkwell property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 are for the consumption at your Sparkwell home.

Unmetered Customers in Sparkwell

Customers who don't have a meter at their Sparkwell home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Sparkwell home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Sparkwell will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Sparkwell water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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 Sparkwell may save you money.

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 Sparkwell?

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

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How do I pay my Sparkwell water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Sparkwell bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Sparkwell?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Sparkwell PL7, 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.

Sparkwell Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sparkwell

Is tap water in Sparkwell safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sparkwell come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sparkwell:

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

How hard is the water in Sparkwell

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 in Sparkwell is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Sparkwell is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Sparkwell contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. 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 Sparkwell.

Sparkwell No Water

If you have no water in your Sparkwell home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Sparkwell.

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Sparkwell water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Sparkwell property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Sparkwell taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Sparkwell water this may be due 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 Sparkwell water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Sparkwell water.

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

Internet in Sparkwell PL7

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Sparkwell home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Sparkwell 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?

Sparkwell Average Download Speed Sparkwell Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 10.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Sparkwell. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Sparkwell?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Sparkwell.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Sparkwell is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Sparkwell should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Sparkwell?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Sparkwell
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Sparkwell homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Sparkwell.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Sparkwell.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Sparkwell broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Sparkwell. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Sparkwell. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Sparkwell Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Sparkwell should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

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

Sparkwell broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Sparkwell broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Sparkwell.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Sparkwell?

The average broadband speed in Sparkwell is:

Sparkwell Average Download Speed Sparkwell Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 10.80 Mbps

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

To put it 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 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 one of those green boxes on your street in Sparkwell, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Sparkwell home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose when getting connected in Sparkwell.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Sparkwell

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Sparkwell is 01806. When making a call to someone in Sparkwell, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Sparkwell call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Sparkwell

People living in Sparkwell can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Sparkwell home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Sparkwell distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Sparkwell right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Sparkwell

The electricity distribution network operator for Sparkwell 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 Sparkwell

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

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 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 the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include 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 Sparkwell

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Sparkwell, we've found the closest five municipalities to Sparkwell.

Closest five municipalities to Sparkwell
Municipality Distance from Sparkwell
Leigham 2.83 miles
Estover 2.83 miles
Southway 2.83 miles
Derriford 2.83 miles
Eggbuckland 2.83 miles