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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Tavistock

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

About Tavistock, Devon

Tavistock PL19 has a population of 12,280 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Tavistock?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Tavistock

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Tavistock water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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 Tavistock

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Water rates in Tavistock depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Tavistock water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Tavistock water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Tavistock

Customers with a water meter at their Tavistock house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is 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 Tavistock home.

Unmetered Customers in Tavistock

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Tavistock is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Tavistock water rates will 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Tavistock may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Tavistock?

The average water bill Tavistock residents are billed is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Tavistock water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Tavistock bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 Tavistock?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Tavistock PL19, 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.

Tavistock Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Tavistock

Is tap water in Tavistock safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Tavistock come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Tavistock:

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

Is the water hard in Tavistock

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 Tavistock is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Tavistock is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Tavistock contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Tavistock No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Tavistock 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 Tavistock.

If there is no water at your Tavistock home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Tavistock.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of 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. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Tavistock water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Tavistock property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean 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 Tavistock taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Tavistock 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 Tavistock water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Tavistock water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Tavistock PL19

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Tavistock 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 internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Tavistock 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?

Tavistock Average Download Speed Tavistock Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Tavistock. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Tavistock?

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. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Tavistock.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Tavistock is the availability. Most homes in Tavistock should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years 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 are the different types of connection in Tavistock?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Tavistock
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Tavistock homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Tavistock.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Tavistock.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Tavistock broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Tavistock. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Tavistock. 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.

Tavistock Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Tavistock should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Tavistock home is going to be important.

Tavistock broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Tavistock broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service 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 selecting an internet provider in Tavistock.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Tavistock ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Tavistock?

The average broadband speed in Tavistock is:

Tavistock Average Download Speed Tavistock Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 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 - 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Tavistock, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Tavistock house. 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. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Tavistock.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Tavistock

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Tavistock is 01822. When making a call to someone in Tavistock, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01822 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01822 Tavistock call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call 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 an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Tavistock

Residents in Tavistock are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be 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, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Tavistock home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Tavistock distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Tavistock 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 responsible for Tavistock

The electricity distribution network operator for Tavistock 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 Tavistock

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors 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. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Tavistock

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Tavistock, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Tavistock.

Closest five municipalities to Tavistock
Municipality Distance from Tavistock
Morwellham -
Mary Tavy -
Bradstone -
Calstock 1.68 miles