A Complete Guide to Utilities in Stoke Bishop

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

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About Stoke Bishop, Bristol

Stoke Bishop BS9 has a population of 9,269 and is located in the county of Bristol. Bristol has a population of 467,099 people.

Who supplies my water in Stoke Bishop?

Stoke Bishop water utilities are supplied by Bristol Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Bristol Water:

How to reach your water provider in Stoke Bishop

Speaking to an advisor at Bristol Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Stoke Bishop water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Bristol Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Bristol Water contact number Bristol Water Emergency contact number
0345 600 3600 0345 702 3797
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Bank holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Bristol Water

You can also get in touch with Bristol Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Bristol Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to Bristol Water can do so by writing to the Bristol Water address below:

Bristol Water Address
Customer Services, BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk
Bristol
BS48 1WA

If you would like to email Bristol Water, you should use the following email address:

Bristol Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Stoke Bishop

Water bill in Stoke Bishop

Water rates in Stoke Bishop will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Stoke Bishop water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Stoke Bishop water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Stoke Bishop

Customers with a water meter at their Stoke Bishop property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Bristol Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Stoke Bishop home.

Unmetered Customers in Stoke Bishop

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Stoke Bishop 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 Stoke Bishop home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Stoke Bishop is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Stoke Bishop water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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, getting a water meter for your Stoke Bishop 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 Stoke Bishop?

The average water bill Stoke Bishop residents are being charged is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

How do I pay my Stoke Bishop water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Bristol Water. Once you've registered an account with Bristol 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 Stoke Bishop 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 Bristol 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 Stoke Bishop?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Stoke Bishop BS9, your water supplier is Bristol 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.

Stoke Bishop Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Stoke Bishop have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Stoke Bishop

Is water from the tap in Stoke Bishop safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Stoke Bishop. You can rest assured that Stoke Bishop water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Stoke Bishop water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Stoke Bishop water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Stoke Bishop come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Stoke Bishop:

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

How hard is the water in Stoke Bishop

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 Stoke Bishop is fewer than 200ppm, this means the water in Stoke Bishop is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Stoke Bishop over. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Stoke Bishop.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Stoke Bishop No Water

If you have no water in your Stoke Bishop home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Stoke Bishop.

If there is no water at your Stoke Bishop home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Stoke Bishop.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Bristol 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.

Stoke Bishop water leak or flooding

Stoke Bishop water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Stoke Bishop 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 Stoke Bishop property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Bristol Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Bristol Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Stoke Bishop taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Stoke Bishop water this may be due to 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 Stoke Bishop water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Stoke Bishop water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Bristol Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband in Stoke Bishop BS9

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

Stoke Bishop Average Download Speed Stoke Bishop Average Upload Speed
77.50 Mbps 13.00 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Stoke Bishop. 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 UK households.

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

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Stoke Bishop?

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. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Stoke Bishop.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Stoke Bishop is what's available. Whilst many homes in Stoke Bishop should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Stoke Bishop?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Stoke Bishop
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Stoke Bishop homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Stoke Bishop.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Stoke Bishop.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Stoke Bishop broadband value for money

Stoke Bishop broadband bill

Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Stoke Bishop. There are many providers 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 Stoke Bishop. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Stoke Bishop Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Stoke Bishop also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Stoke Bishop home will be an important thing to consider.

Stoke Bishop broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Stoke Bishop broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Stoke Bishop.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Stoke Bishop?

The average speed of broadband in Stoke Bishop is:

Stoke Bishop Average Download Speed Stoke Bishop Average Upload Speed
77.50 Mbps 13.00 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 fibre broadband that is 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 Stoke Bishop, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Stoke Bishop home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Stoke Bishop.

Main internet uses 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 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Stoke Bishop

Corded telephone area code Stoke Bishop

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Stoke Bishop is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Stoke Bishop, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Stoke Bishop call cost?

If calls are 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different 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 Stoke Bishop

People living in Stoke Bishop are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Stoke Bishop distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Stoke Bishop right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Stoke Bishop

The electricity distribution network operator for Stoke Bishop 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Lostwithiel Road
Bodmin, Cornwall
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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

Power Generation near Stoke Bishop

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Stoke Bishop

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

Closest five municipalities to Stoke Bishop
Municipality Distance from Stoke Bishop
Henleaze -
Coombe Dingle -
Sneyd Park -
Clifton 0.05 miles