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A Complete Guide to Utilities in St. Budeaux

If you just moved and have some questions about St. Budeaux? Our comprehensive utilities guide to St. Budeaux will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and St. Budeaux water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in St. Budeaux.

About St. Budeaux, Devon

St. Budeaux PL5 has a population of 13,369 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in St. Budeaux?

St. Budeaux water services are provided by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in St. Budeaux

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many options to talk about your St. Budeaux water problems.

In the table below you will find the 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 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

Price of water in St. Budeaux

Water bill in St. Budeaux

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

Metered Customers in St. Budeaux

Customers that have a water meter at their St. Budeaux 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 St. Budeaux home.

Unmetered Customers in St. Budeaux

Customers without a meter at their St. Budeaux home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your St. Budeaux home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in St. Budeaux is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your St. Budeaux 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your St. Budeaux may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in St. Budeaux?

The average water bill St. Budeaux residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my St. Budeaux water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you register your details 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 St. Budeaux bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 St. Budeaux?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in St. Budeaux PL5, 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.

St. Budeaux Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in St. Budeaux

Is water from the tap in St. Budeaux safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in St. Budeaux come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply St. Budeaux:

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

Is the water hard in St. Budeaux

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in St. Budeaux contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in St. Budeaux.

St. Budeaux No Water

If you don't have any running water in your St. Budeaux home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in St. Budeaux.

If there is no water at your St. Budeaux 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 St. Budeaux.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

St. Budeaux water leak or flooding

St. Budeaux water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your St. Budeaux home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your St. Budeaux 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 can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in St. Budeaux taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your St. Budeaux water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your St. Budeaux water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to St. Budeaux water.

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

Broadband in St. Budeaux PL5

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The speed of your internet connection at your St. Budeaux home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for St. Budeaux with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

St. Budeaux Average Download Speed St. Budeaux Average Upload Speed
85.95 Mbps 13.10 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in St. Budeaux. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in St. Budeaux?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in St. Budeaux.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in St. Budeaux is the availability. Most homes in St. Budeaux can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 St. Budeaux?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in St. Budeaux
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of St. Budeaux homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of St. Budeaux.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in St. Budeaux.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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St. Budeaux broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in St. Budeaux. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in St. Budeaux. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

St. Budeaux Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in St. Budeaux must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your St. Budeaux home will be an important thing to consider.

St. Budeaux broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your St. Budeaux broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in St. Budeaux.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in St. Budeaux have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in St. Budeaux?

The average broadband speed in St. Budeaux is:

St. Budeaux Average Download Speed St. Budeaux Average Upload Speed
85.95 Mbps 13.10 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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in St. Budeaux, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your St. Budeaux home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in St. Budeaux.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for St. Budeaux

Corded telephone area code St. Budeaux

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for St. Budeaux is 01806. If you call someone in St. Budeaux, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 St. Budeaux call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of 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 unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in St. Budeaux

Residents in St. Budeaux 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 network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your St. Budeaux home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the St. Budeaux distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers St. Budeaux right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for St. Budeaux

The electricity distribution network operator for St. Budeaux 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 St. Budeaux

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By St. Budeaux

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to St. Budeaux, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to St. Budeaux.

Closest five municipalities to St. Budeaux
Municipality Distance from St. Budeaux
Ernesettle -
Whitleigh -
Tamerton Foliot -
Laira 1.76 miles