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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Woolacombe

If you just moved and have some questions about Woolacombe? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Woolacombe will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Woolacombe water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Woolacombe.

About Woolacombe, Devon

Woolacombe EX34 has a population of 840 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Woolacombe?

Woolacombe water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Woolacombe

Speaking to an advisor at South West Water is one of many options to talk about your Woolacombe water problems.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for South West Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South West Water contact number South West Water Emergency contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the South West Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

Cost of water in Woolacombe

Water bill in Woolacombe

Water rates in Woolacombe are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Woolacombe water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Woolacombe water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Woolacombe

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

Unmetered Customers in Woolacombe

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Woolacombe home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Woolacombe home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Woolacombe is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Woolacombe water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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, installing a water meter at your Woolacombe could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Woolacombe?

The average water bill Woolacombe residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 per year.

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How do I pay my Woolacombe water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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 Woolacombe 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. As soon as you've set up your South West 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 Woolacombe?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Woolacombe EX34, 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.

Woolacombe Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Woolacombe have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Woolacombe

Is tap water in Woolacombe safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Woolacombe come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Woolacombe:

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

Is the water hard in Woolacombe

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 Woolacombe is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Woolacombe is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Woolacombe contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Woolacombe.

Woolacombe No Water

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

If there is no water at your Woolacombe home, is the problem 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 Woolacombe.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Woolacombe water leak or flooding

Woolacombe water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Woolacombe home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Woolacombe property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Woolacombe taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Woolacombe water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Woolacombe water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Woolacombe water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Woolacombe EX34

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The speed of your internet connection at your Woolacombe home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of 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 Woolacombe 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?

Woolacombe Average Download Speed Woolacombe Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Woolacombe. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Woolacombe?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Woolacombe.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Woolacombe is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Woolacombe can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Woolacombe?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Woolacombe
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Woolacombe homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Woolacombe.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Woolacombe.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Woolacombe broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Woolacombe. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Woolacombe. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Woolacombe Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Woolacombe also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Woolacombe home will be an important thing to consider.

Woolacombe broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Woolacombe internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Woolacombe.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Woolacombe?

The average speed of broadband in Woolacombe is:

Woolacombe Average Download Speed Woolacombe Average Upload Speed
38.20 Mbps 9.70 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of 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 Woolacombe, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Woolacombe house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Woolacombe.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices 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
Over 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Woolacombe

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Woolacombe is 01806. If you call someone in Woolacombe, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Woolacombe call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Woolacombe

Residents of Woolacombe are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Woolacombe home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Woolacombe distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Woolacombe below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Woolacombe

The electricity distribution network operator for Woolacombe 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 Woolacombe

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, 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, and in the coming years this is expected 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Woolacombe

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Woolacombe, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Woolacombe.

Closest five municipalities to Woolacombe
Municipality Distance from Woolacombe
Braunton 7.49 miles
Barnstaple 10.35 miles
Lynmouth 12.94 miles
Lynton 12.94 miles