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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Winkleigh

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

About Winkleigh, Devon

Winkleigh EX19 has a population of 1,305 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Winkleigh?

Winkleigh water utilities are supplied by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Winkleigh

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Winkleigh water issues.

Below, you can find the principal phone 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
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Write to South West Water

You can also write to South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Water rates in Winkleigh

Water bill in Winkleigh

Water rates in Winkleigh depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Winkleigh water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Winkleigh water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Winkleigh

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

Unmetered Customers in Winkleigh

Customers who don't have a meter at their Winkleigh home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Winkleigh home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Winkleigh is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Winkleigh 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Winkleigh might work out cheaper.

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 Winkleigh?

The average water bill Winkleigh residents are being charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Winkleigh water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you've registered with South West 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Winkleigh bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Winkleigh?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Winkleigh EX19, 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.

Winkleigh Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Winkleigh

Is water from the tap in Winkleigh safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Winkleigh come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Winkleigh:

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

How hard is the water in Winkleigh

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 Winkleigh is more than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Winkleigh is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Winkleigh contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Winkleigh.

  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.

Winkleigh No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Winkleigh home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Winkleigh.

If there is no water at your Winkleigh home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Winkleigh.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Winkleigh water leak or flooding

Winkleigh water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Winkleigh home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Winkleigh property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean 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 website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Winkleigh taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Winkleigh 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 impermeate the Winkleigh water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Winkleigh water.

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

Broadband in Winkleigh EX19

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The broadband speed you get at your Winkleigh home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Winkleigh with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Winkleigh Average Download Speed Winkleigh Average Upload Speed
42.75 Mbps 12.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Winkleigh. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Winkleigh?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Winkleigh.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Winkleigh is the availability. Whilst many homes in Winkleigh should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Winkleigh?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Winkleigh
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Winkleigh homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Winkleigh.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Winkleigh.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Winkleigh broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Winkleigh. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Winkleigh. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Winkleigh Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Winkleigh also needs consideration, 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 can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Winkleigh home is going to be important.

Winkleigh broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Winkleigh internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Winkleigh.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Winkleigh ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Winkleigh?

The average speed of broadband in Winkleigh is:

Winkleigh Average Download Speed Winkleigh Average Upload Speed
42.75 Mbps 12.80 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 - 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Winkleigh, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Winkleigh house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Winkleigh.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 data to 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.

What's the landline area code in Winkleigh

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Winkleigh is 01806. When making a call to someone in Winkleigh, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Winkleigh call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Winkleigh

Residents in Winkleigh are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Winkleigh home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Winkleigh distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Winkleigh in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Winkleigh

The electricity distribution network operator for Winkleigh 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 Winkleigh

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Winkleigh

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Winkleigh, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Winkleigh.

Closest five municipalities to Winkleigh
Municipality Distance from Winkleigh
Okehampton 7.29 miles
Umberleigh 7.6 miles
Great Torrington 7.94 miles
Chulmleigh 9.62 miles
Holsworthy 11.84 miles