Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Watchet

Are you moving and want to know more about Watchet? Our utilities guide to Watchet will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Watchet water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Watchet.

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About Watchet, Somerset

Watchet TA23 has a population of 3,581 and is located in the county of Somerset. Somerset has a population of 560,631 people.

Who supplies my water in Watchet?

Watchet water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water, and Wessex Water:

Getting in touch with your water suppliers for Watchet

Calling a phone number for South West Water or Wessex Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Watchet water account.

South West Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal 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

Wessex Water telephone numbers

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Wessex Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Wessex Water phone number Wessex Water Emergency phone number
0345 600 3 600 0345 600 4600
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to South West Water or Wessex Water

You can also get in touch with South West Water or Wessex Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the South West Water or Wessex Water website.

South West Water

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

Wessex Water

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

Wessex Water Address
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7WW

Customers that would rather email Wessex Water, you can use the email address below:

Wessex Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Watchet

Water bill in Watchet

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

Metered Customers in Watchet

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Watchet house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 or Wessex Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Watchet home.

Unmetered Customers in Watchet

Customers without a meter at their Watchet home will pay 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 Watchet home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Watchet is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Watchet water rates would have been 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Watchet might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Watchet?

The average water bill Watchet residents are charged varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
South West Water £18.17 £218
Wessex Water £19.83 £238

How do I pay my Watchet water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water or Wessex Water. After you've registered with South West Water or Wessex 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Watchet bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your South West Water or Wessex 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 Watchet?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Watchet TA23, your water suppliers are South West Water and Wessex 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.

Watchet Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Watchet

Is tap water in Watchet safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Watchet come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Watchet:

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

How hard is the water in Watchet

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 Watchet is below 200ppm, this means the water in Watchet is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Watchet over. medium water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Watchet.

  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.

Watchet No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Watchet 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 Watchet.

If there is no water at your Watchet home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Watchet.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water or Wessex Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water or Wessex Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South West Water or Wessex 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Watchet water leak or flooding

Watchet water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Watchet 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 Watchet property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring South West Water or Wessex Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 or Wessex Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Watchet taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Watchet 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 infuse the Watchet water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Watchet water.

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

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Internet in Watchet TA23

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Watchet with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Watchet Average Download Speed Watchet Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 14.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Watchet. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Watchet?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Watchet.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Watchet is what's available. Whilst many homes in Watchet should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to 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 Watchet?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Watchet
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Watchet homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Watchet.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Watchet.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Watchet broadband value for money

Watchet broadband bill

Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Watchet. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Watchet. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Watchet Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Watchet 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 keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Watchet home is something to think about.

Watchet broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Watchet broadband connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need 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 is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Watchet.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Watchet have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Watchet?

The average broadband speed in Watchet is:

Watchet Average Download Speed Watchet Average Upload Speed
52.20 Mbps 14.50 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Watchet, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Watchet home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea what sort of download speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Watchet.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 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 Watchet

Corded telephone area code Watchet

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Watchet is 01984. If you're calling somebody in Watchet, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01984 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01984 Watchet call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small 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 calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Watchet

Residents in Watchet can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Watchet distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Watchet 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 for Watchet

The electricity distribution network operator for Watchet 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
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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

Power Generation near Watchet

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was 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 types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Watchet

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Watchet, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Watchet.

Closest five municipalities to Watchet
Municipality Distance from Watchet
Wellington 13.17 miles
Minehead 14.6 miles
Middlezoy 16.44 miles
Westonzoyland 16.44 miles
Shapwick 16.44 miles