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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Two Bridges

Are you moving and want to know more about Two Bridges? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Two Bridges is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Two Bridges water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Two Bridges.

About Two Bridges, Devon

Two Bridges PL20 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Two Bridges?

Two Bridges water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Two Bridges

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Two Bridges water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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 even send your message through 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

Cost of water in Two Bridges

Water bill in Two Bridges

Water rates in Two Bridges will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Two Bridges water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Two Bridges water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Two Bridges

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

Unmetered Customers in Two Bridges

Customers who don't have a meter at their Two Bridges 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 Two Bridges home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Two Bridges is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Two Bridges 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Two Bridges could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Two Bridges?

The average water bill Two Bridges residents are being charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Two Bridges water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Two Bridges bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your South West Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Two Bridges?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Two Bridges PL20, 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.

Two Bridges Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Two Bridges have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Two Bridges

Is tap water in Two Bridges safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Two Bridges come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Two Bridges:

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

How hard is the water in Two Bridges

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Two Bridges 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Two Bridges No Water

If you have no water in your Two Bridges home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Two Bridges.

If there is no water at your Two Bridges home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Two Bridges.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Two Bridges water leak or flooding

Two Bridges water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Two Bridges home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Two Bridges property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Two Bridges taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Two Bridges 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 affect it by infusing your Two Bridges 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 Two Bridges water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Two Bridges PL20

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The broadband speed you get at your Two Bridges home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Two Bridges with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Two Bridges Average Download Speed Two Bridges Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Two Bridges. 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, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Two Bridges?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Two Bridges.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Two Bridges is what's available. The majority of homes in Two Bridges should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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 kinds of internet connection are available in Two Bridges?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Two Bridges
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Two Bridges homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Two Bridges.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Two Bridges.
    • 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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Two Bridges broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Two Bridges. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Two Bridges. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Two Bridges Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Two Bridges also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Two Bridges home is going to be important.

Two Bridges broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Two Bridges broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Two Bridges.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Two Bridges ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Two Bridges?

The average broadband speed in Two Bridges is:

Two Bridges Average Download Speed Two Bridges Average Upload Speed
42.60 Mbps 11.87 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 - 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Two Bridges, it's then connected to your house 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 Two Bridges home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Two Bridges.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All the above and 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Two Bridges

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Two Bridges is 01806. When making a call to someone in Two Bridges, 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 Two Bridges call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Two Bridges

Residents of Two Bridges are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, 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 it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Two Bridges home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Two Bridges distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Two Bridges below.

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 Two Bridges

The electricity distribution network operator for Two Bridges 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 Two Bridges

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

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%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Two Bridges

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Two Bridges, we've found the closest five municipalities to Two Bridges.