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A Complete Guide to Utilities in St Marychurch

Are you moving and want to know more about St Marychurch? Our utilities guide to St Marychurch will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and St Marychurch water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in St Marychurch.

About St Marychurch, Devon

St Marychurch TQ1 has a population of 11,262 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in St Marychurch?

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

How to reach your water provider in St Marychurch

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your St Marychurch water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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 get in touch with 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 St Marychurch

Water bill in St Marychurch

Water rates in St Marychurch depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your St Marychurch water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered St Marychurch water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in St Marychurch

Customers that have a water meter at their St Marychurch 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 cover the consumption at your St Marychurch home.

Unmetered Customers in St Marychurch

Customers without a meter at their St Marychurch home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your St Marychurch home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in St Marychurch is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your St Marychurch 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your St Marychurch might work out 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 St Marychurch?

The average water bill St Marychurch residents are charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 a year.

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How do I pay my St Marychurch 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your St Marychurch bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 St Marychurch?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in St Marychurch TQ1, 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 Marychurch Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in St Marychurch

Is the tap water in St Marychurch safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in St Marychurch come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply St Marychurch:

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

Is the water hard in St Marychurch

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 St Marychurch is below 60ppm, this means the water in in St Marychurch is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in St Marychurch contains a minimal level 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in St Marychurch.

St Marychurch No Water

If there isn't any running water in your St Marychurch 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 St Marychurch.

If there is no water at your St Marychurch home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting St Marychurch.

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 the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

St Marychurch water leak or flooding

St Marychurch water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your St Marychurch 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 St Marychurch property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 St Marychurch taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to South West Water using the contact information above.

Internet in St Marychurch TQ1

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The speed of your internet connection at your St Marychurch home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for St Marychurch with our fast and simple speed test.

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

St Marychurch Average Download Speed St Marychurch Average Upload Speed
64.65 Mbps 12.00 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in St Marychurch. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in St Marychurch?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in St Marychurch.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in St Marychurch is the availability. Whilst many homes in St Marychurch should have access to 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in St Marychurch?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in St Marychurch
    • 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of St Marychurch homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of St Marychurch.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in St Marychurch.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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St Marychurch broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in St Marychurch. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in St Marychurch. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

St Marychurch Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in St Marychurch should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your St Marychurch home will be an important thing to consider.

St Marychurch broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your St Marychurch broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in St Marychurch.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in St Marychurch?

The average internet speed in St Marychurch is:

St Marychurch Average Download Speed St Marychurch Average Upload Speed
64.65 Mbps 12.00 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in St Marychurch, 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 St Marychurch house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in St Marychurch.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices 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
More than 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in St Marychurch

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for St Marychurch is 01806. If you're calling somebody in St Marychurch, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 St Marychurch call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in St Marychurch

Residents in St Marychurch are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the St Marychurch distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers St Marychurch in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for St Marychurch

The electricity distribution network operator for St Marychurch 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 Marychurch

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds 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 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near St Marychurch

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby St Marychurch, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to St Marychurch.

Closest five municipalities to St Marychurch
Municipality Distance from St Marychurch
Paignton 2.69 miles
Newton Abbot 3.52 miles
Kingsteignton 3.52 miles