A Complete Guide to Utilities in Wick St. Lawrence

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

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About Wick St. Lawrence, Somerset

Wick St. Lawrence BS24 has a population of 1,331 and is located in the county of Somerset. Somerset has a population of 560,631 people.

Who supplies my water in Wick St. Lawrence?

Wick St. Lawrence water services are provided by Bristol Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Bristol Water:

How to reach your water provider in Wick St. Lawrence

Calling a phone number for Bristol Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Wick St. Lawrence water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Bristol Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Bristol Water phone number Bristol Water Emergency phone number
0345 600 3600 0345 702 3797
8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, Bank holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Bristol Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Bristol Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Bristol Water website.

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

Bristol Water Address
Customer Services, BWBSL, 1 Clevedon Walk
Bristol
BS48 1WA

If you want to email Bristol Water, you must use the following email address:

Bristol Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Wick St. Lawrence

Water bill in Wick St. Lawrence

Water rates in Wick St. Lawrence depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Wick St. Lawrence water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Wick St. Lawrence water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Wick St. Lawrence

Customers that have a water meter at their Wick St. Lawrence 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 Bristol Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Wick St. Lawrence home.

Unmetered Customers in Wick St. Lawrence

Customers who don't have a meter at their Wick St. Lawrence home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Wick St. Lawrence home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Wick St. Lawrence is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Wick St. Lawrence water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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, installing a water meter at your Wick St. Lawrence might work out cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Wick St. Lawrence?

The average water bill Wick St. Lawrence residents are billed is £16.83 per month, which is £202 annually.

How do I pay my Wick St. Lawrence water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Bristol Water. After you register your details with Bristol 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Wick St. Lawrence bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Bristol 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 Wick St. Lawrence?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Wick St. Lawrence BS24, your water supplier is Bristol 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.

Wick St. Lawrence Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Wick St. Lawrence have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Wick St. Lawrence

Is tap water in Wick St. Lawrence safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Wick St. Lawrence. You can rest assured that Wick St. Lawrence water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Wick St. Lawrence water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Wick St. Lawrence water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Wick St. Lawrence come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Wick St. Lawrence:

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

How hard is the water in Wick St. Lawrence

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 Wick St. Lawrence is over 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Wick St. Lawrence is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Wick St. Lawrence contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. There may also be more limescale 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 Wick St. Lawrence.

  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.

Wick St. Lawrence No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Wick St. Lawrence home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Wick St. Lawrence.

If there is no water at your Wick St. Lawrence home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Wick St. Lawrence.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Bristol Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Bristol Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Wick St. Lawrence water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Wick St. Lawrence property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Bristol Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Bristol Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Wick St. Lawrence taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Wick St. Lawrence 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 affect it by infusing your Wick St. Lawrence water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Wick St. Lawrence water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Bristol Water on the contact details above.

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Broadband in Wick St. Lawrence BS24

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The speed of your internet connection at your Wick St. Lawrence home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Wick St. Lawrence 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?

Wick St. Lawrence Average Download Speed Wick St. Lawrence Average Upload Speed
51.75 Mbps 12.55 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Wick St. Lawrence. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Wick St. Lawrence?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Wick St. Lawrence.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Wick St. Lawrence is the availability. The majority of homes in Wick St. Lawrence should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Wick St. Lawrence?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Wick St. Lawrence
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Wick St. Lawrence homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Wick St. Lawrence.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Wick St. Lawrence.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Wick St. Lawrence broadband value for money

Wick St. Lawrence broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Wick St. Lawrence. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Wick St. Lawrence. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Wick St. Lawrence Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Wick St. Lawrence must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Wick St. Lawrence home will be an important thing to consider.

Wick St. Lawrence broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Wick St. Lawrence broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Wick St. Lawrence.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Wick St. Lawrence have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Wick St. Lawrence?

The average broadband speed in Wick St. Lawrence is:

Wick St. Lawrence Average Download Speed Wick St. Lawrence Average Upload Speed
51.75 Mbps 12.55 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Wick St. Lawrence, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Wick St. Lawrence home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Wick St. Lawrence.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 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
Over 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Wick St. Lawrence

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Wick St. Lawrence is 01806. When making a call to someone in Wick St. Lawrence, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Wick St. Lawrence call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Wick St. Lawrence

People living in Wick St. Lawrence are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the local 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 Wick St. Lawrence home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Wick St. Lawrence distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Wick St. Lawrence in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Wick St. Lawrence

The electricity distribution network operator for Wick St. Lawrence 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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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

Power Generation near Wick St. Lawrence

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Wick St. Lawrence.

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Wick St. Lawrence

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Wick St. Lawrence, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Wick St. Lawrence.