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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Teignmouth

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

About Teignmouth, Devon

Teignmouth TQ14 has a population of 15,129 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Teignmouth?

Teignmouth 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 Teignmouth

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many options to deal with your Teignmouth water problems.

In the table below you will find the phone 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 write to South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Teignmouth

Water bill in Teignmouth

Water rates in Teignmouth are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Teignmouth water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Teignmouth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Teignmouth

Customers with a water meter at their Teignmouth home will pay a fixed annual 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 Teignmouth home.

Unmetered Customers in Teignmouth

Customers who don't have a meter at their Teignmouth home will pay 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 Teignmouth home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Teignmouth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Teignmouth 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, getting a water meter for your Teignmouth might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Teignmouth?

The average water bill Teignmouth residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Teignmouth water bill?

You will first 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Teignmouth bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your South West 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 Teignmouth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Teignmouth TQ14, 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.

Teignmouth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Teignmouth

Is tap water in Teignmouth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Teignmouth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Teignmouth:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Teignmouth

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 Teignmouth is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Teignmouth is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Teignmouth contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. 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 Teignmouth.

Teignmouth No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Teignmouth home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Teignmouth.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, they often post incident 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.

Teignmouth water leak or flooding

Teignmouth water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Teignmouth 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 Teignmouth 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 go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Teignmouth taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Teignmouth water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Teignmouth 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 Teignmouth water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Teignmouth TQ14

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of 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 Teignmouth with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Teignmouth Average Download Speed Teignmouth Average Upload Speed
58.70 Mbps 11.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Teignmouth. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Teignmouth.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Teignmouth is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Teignmouth can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Teignmouth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Teignmouth
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a 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 delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Teignmouth homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Teignmouth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Teignmouth.
    • 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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Teignmouth broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Teignmouth. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer 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 connection in Teignmouth. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Teignmouth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Teignmouth should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Teignmouth home will be an important thing to consider.

Teignmouth broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Teignmouth internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Teignmouth.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Teignmouth?

The average internet speed in Teignmouth is:

Teignmouth Average Download Speed Teignmouth Average Upload Speed
58.70 Mbps 11.20 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 Teignmouth, 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 Teignmouth house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should take when getting connected in Teignmouth.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband 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
More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Teignmouth

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

How much does an 01806 Teignmouth call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Teignmouth

Residents of Teignmouth are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Teignmouth home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Teignmouth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Teignmouth in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Teignmouth

The electricity distribution network operator for Teignmouth 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 Teignmouth

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

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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 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 currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Teignmouth

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Teignmouth, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Teignmouth.

Closest five municipalities to Teignmouth
Municipality Distance from Teignmouth
Newton Abbot 4.7 miles
Kingsteignton 4.7 miles
Torquay 5.88 miles
St Marychurch 5.88 miles