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A Complete Guide to Utilities in West Bagborough

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

About West Bagborough, Devon

West Bagborough TA4 has a population of 358 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in West Bagborough?

West Bagborough water utilities are supplied by Wessex Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Wessex Water:

How to reach your water provider in West Bagborough

Calling a phone number for Wessex Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your West Bagborough water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Wessex Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

You can also get in touch with Wessex Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Wessex Water website.

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

Wessex Water Address
Claverton Down
Bath
BA2 7WW

If you would like to email Wessex Water, you should use the following email address:

Wessex Water Email Address
info@wessexwater.co.uk

Cost of water in West Bagborough

Water bill in West Bagborough

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

Metered Customers in West Bagborough

Customers with a water meter at their West Bagborough property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Wessex Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your West Bagborough home.

Unmetered Customers in West Bagborough

Customers who don't have a meter at their West Bagborough home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your West Bagborough home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in West Bagborough is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your West Bagborough water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your West Bagborough might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in West Bagborough?

The average water bill West Bagborough residents are billed is £19.83 per month, which is £238 a year.

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How do I pay my West Bagborough water bill?

You will first need to register with Wessex Water. After you've registered with 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your West Bagborough bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Wessex 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 West Bagborough?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in West Bagborough TA4, your water supplier is 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.

West Bagborough Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in West Bagborough

Is water from the tap in West Bagborough safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in West Bagborough come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply West Bagborough:

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

What's the water hardness rating in West Bagborough

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 West Bagborough is less than 200ppm, that makes the water hardness in West Bagborough is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in West Bagborough more than. medium water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in West Bagborough.

  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.

West Bagborough No Water

If you have no water in your West Bagborough 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 West Bagborough.

If there is no water at your West Bagborough 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 West Bagborough.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Wessex Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Wessex Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

West Bagborough water leak or flooding

West Bagborough water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your West Bagborough 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 West Bagborough property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Wessex Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Wessex Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in West Bagborough taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your West Bagborough water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the West Bagborough water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to West Bagborough water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Wessex Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in West Bagborough TA4

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in West Bagborough with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

West Bagborough Average Download Speed West Bagborough Average Upload Speed
45.27 Mbps 13.63 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in West Bagborough. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in West Bagborough?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in West Bagborough.

Availability

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

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in West Bagborough?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in West Bagborough
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of West Bagborough homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of West Bagborough.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in West Bagborough.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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West Bagborough broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in West Bagborough. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in West Bagborough. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

West Bagborough Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in West Bagborough also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your West Bagborough home is going to be important.

West Bagborough broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your West Bagborough broadband connection is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in West Bagborough.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in West Bagborough?

The average speed of broadband in West Bagborough is:

West Bagborough Average Download Speed West Bagborough Average Upload Speed
45.27 Mbps 13.63 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 a green box on your street in West Bagborough, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your West Bagborough house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in West Bagborough.

Frequent 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so 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 West Bagborough

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for West Bagborough is 01806. If you call someone in West Bagborough, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 West Bagborough call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check 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 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 West Bagborough

People living in West Bagborough are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your West Bagborough home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the West Bagborough distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for West Bagborough 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 responsible for West Bagborough

The electricity distribution network operator for West Bagborough 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 West Bagborough

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, 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 West Bagborough

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of West Bagborough, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to West Bagborough.

Closest five municipalities to West Bagborough
Municipality Distance from West Bagborough
Bishops Lydeard -
Crowcombe -
Williton -
Cannington 0.05 miles
Nether Stowey 0.05 miles