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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Umberleigh

If you've moved and have questions about Umberleigh? Our utilities guide to Umberleigh is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Umberleigh water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Umberleigh.

About Umberleigh, Devon

Umberleigh EX37 is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Umberleigh?

Umberleigh water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Umberleigh

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Umberleigh water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main contact 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 write 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

Price of water in Umberleigh

Water bill in Umberleigh

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

Metered Customers in Umberleigh

Customers with a water meter at their Umberleigh property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Umberleigh home.

Unmetered Customers in Umberleigh

Customers without a meter at their Umberleigh 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 Umberleigh home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Umberleigh is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Umberleigh 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Umberleigh may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Umberleigh?

The average water bill Umberleigh residents are being charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Umberleigh water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Umberleigh 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 Umberleigh?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Umberleigh EX37, 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.

Umberleigh Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Umberleigh

Is the tap water in Umberleigh safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Umberleigh come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Umberleigh:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Umberleigh

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 rating in Umberleigh is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Umberleigh is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Umberleigh contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Umberleigh.

Umberleigh No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Umberleigh home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Umberleigh.

If there is no water at your Umberleigh home, do you only have 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 Umberleigh.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on 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.

Umberleigh water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Umberleigh property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Umberleigh taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Umberleigh water this could be down 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 Umberleigh water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Umberleigh water.

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

Broadband in Umberleigh EX37

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The broadband speed you get at your Umberleigh home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

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

Umberleigh Average Download Speed Umberleigh Average Upload Speed
39.70 Mbps 10.00 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Umberleigh. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Umberleigh?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Umberleigh.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before searching for a broadband provider in Umberleigh is what's available. Whilst many homes in Umberleigh can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently 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 Umberleigh?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Umberleigh
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Umberleigh homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Umberleigh.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Umberleigh.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Umberleigh broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Umberleigh. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Umberleigh. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Umberleigh Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Umberleigh also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Umberleigh home is going to be important.

Umberleigh broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Umberleigh broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Umberleigh.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Umberleigh?

The average internet speed in Umberleigh is:

Umberleigh Average Download Speed Umberleigh Average Upload Speed
39.70 Mbps 10.00 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 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 Umberleigh, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Umberleigh house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Umberleigh.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Umberleigh

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

How much does an 01806 Umberleigh call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch 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? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Umberleigh

People living in Umberleigh can 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.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Umberleigh home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Umberleigh distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Umberleigh right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Umberleigh

The electricity distribution network operator for Umberleigh 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 Umberleigh

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with 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, in the next few years we can expect this 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Umberleigh

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Umberleigh, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Umberleigh.

Closest five municipalities to Umberleigh
Municipality Distance from Umberleigh
Winkleigh 7.6 miles
South Molton 8.7 miles
Great Torrington 9.54 miles
Beaworthy 12.54 miles