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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Whippingham

If you've moved and have questions about Whippingham? Our complete guide to utilities in Whippingham will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Whippingham water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Whippingham.

About Whippingham, Isle of Wight

Whippingham PO32 has a population of 787 and is located in the county of Isle of Wight. Isle of Wight has a population of 141,606 people.

Who supplies my water in Whippingham?

Whippingham water services are supplied by Southern Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Southern Water:

How to reach your water provider in Whippingham

Ringing a contact number for Southern Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Whippingham water problems.

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

Southern Water phone number Southern Water Emergency phone number
0330 303 0277 0800 820 999
Mon to Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-2:30pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Southern Water

You can also write to Southern Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Southern Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Southern Water can do so by writing to the Southern Water address below:

Southern Water Address
PO Box 564
Darlington
DL1 9ZG

Customers that would rather email Southern Water, you should use the following email address:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Whippingham

Water bill in Whippingham

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

Metered Customers in Whippingham

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Whippingham property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Southern Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Whippingham home.

Unmetered Customers in Whippingham

Customers who don't have a meter at their Whippingham home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Whippingham home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Whippingham is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Whippingham 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Whippingham could be 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 Whippingham?

The average water bill Whippingham residents are billed is £14.25 each month, that's £171 a year.

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How do I pay my Whippingham water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Southern Water. After you've registered with Southern 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Whippingham bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Southern 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 Whippingham?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Whippingham PO32, your water supplier is Southern 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.

Whippingham Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Whippingham

Is tap water in Whippingham safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Whippingham come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Whippingham:

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

Is the water hard in Whippingham

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 rating for water hardness in Whippingham is higher than 276ppm, this means the water in Whippingham is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Whippingham contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very hard water means your water is not as effective at cleaning dishes, glassware, clothes, or even your body. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

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

  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.

Whippingham No Water

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

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

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Southern Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Southern Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Southern Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Whippingham water leak or flooding

Whippingham water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Whippingham home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Ring Southern Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Southern Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Whippingham taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Whippingham water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Whippingham water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Whippingham water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Southern Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Whippingham PO32

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The broadband speed you get at your Whippingham home can vary depending on several factors such as:

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

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Whippingham with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Whippingham Average Download Speed Whippingham Average Upload Speed
37.80 Mbps 16.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Whippingham. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Whippingham?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Whippingham.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Whippingham is what's available. Whilst many homes in Whippingham should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Whippingham?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Whippingham
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Whippingham homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Whippingham.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Whippingham.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Whippingham broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Whippingham. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Whippingham. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Whippingham Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Whippingham should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Whippingham home will be an important thing to consider.

Whippingham broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Whippingham internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Whippingham.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Whippingham?

The average speed of broadband in Whippingham is:

Whippingham Average Download Speed Whippingham Average Upload Speed
37.80 Mbps 16.20 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Whippingham, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Whippingham home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Whippingham.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Whippingham

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Whippingham is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Whippingham, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Whippingham call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Whippingham

People living in Whippingham are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Whippingham distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Whippingham below.

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 Whippingham

The electricity distribution network operator for Whippingham is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England. You can find the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England contact details in the table below:

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 048 3516
Emergencies 0800 072 7282
Email GE@ssen.co.uk
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

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 Whippingham

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

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 small percentage 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 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, which is 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Whippingham

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

Closest five municipalities to Whippingham
Municipality Distance from Whippingham
Cowes 0.78 miles
Gurnard 0.78 miles
Ryde 5 miles
Fareham 6.89 miles