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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Yarmouth

If you just moved and have some questions about Yarmouth? Our complete guide to utilities in Yarmouth is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Yarmouth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Yarmouth.

About Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Yarmouth PO41 has a population of 591 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 Yarmouth?

Yarmouth water utilities are supplied by Southern Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Southern Water:

How to reach your water provider in Yarmouth

Speaking to an advisor at Southern Water is one of many options to discuss your Yarmouth water issues.

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

Southern Water contact number Southern Water Emergency contact 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

Additionally, you can communicate with 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

If you want to email Southern Water, you can use the email address below:

Southern Water Email Address
customeraccounts@southernwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Yarmouth

Water bill in Yarmouth

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

Metered Customers in Yarmouth

Customers with a water meter at their Yarmouth 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 Southern Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Yarmouth home.

Unmetered Customers in Yarmouth

Customers without a meter at their Yarmouth 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 Yarmouth home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Yarmouth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Yarmouth water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Yarmouth could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Yarmouth?

The average water bill Yarmouth residents are being charged is £14.25 monthly, which works out at £171 annually.

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How do I pay my Yarmouth water bill?

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

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Yarmouth PO41, 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.

Yarmouth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Yarmouth

Is water from the tap in Yarmouth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Yarmouth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Yarmouth:

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

How hard is the water in Yarmouth

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 Yarmouth is higher than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Yarmouth is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Yarmouth 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. 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 Yarmouth.

  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.

Yarmouth No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Yarmouth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Yarmouth.

If there is no water at your Yarmouth home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Yarmouth.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Southern 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 Southern Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of 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.

Yarmouth water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Yarmouth property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

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

Why does the water in Yarmouth taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Yarmouth water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Yarmouth water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Yarmouth water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Southern Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Yarmouth PO41

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Yarmouth 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
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Yarmouth Average Download Speed Yarmouth Average Upload Speed
37.80 Mbps 16.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Yarmouth. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Yarmouth?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Yarmouth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Yarmouth is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Yarmouth should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Yarmouth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Yarmouth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Yarmouth homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Yarmouth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Yarmouth.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Yarmouth broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Yarmouth. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet connection in Yarmouth. 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 will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Yarmouth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Yarmouth also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Yarmouth home is going to be important.

Yarmouth broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Yarmouth broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Yarmouth.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Yarmouth ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Yarmouth?

The average internet speed in Yarmouth is:

Yarmouth Average Download Speed Yarmouth Average Upload Speed
37.80 Mbps 16.20 Mbps

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

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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Yarmouth, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Yarmouth property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Yarmouth.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Yarmouth

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Yarmouth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Yarmouth, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Yarmouth call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your 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 uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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.

Gas and Electricity in Yarmouth

People living in Yarmouth are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Yarmouth home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Yarmouth distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Yarmouth below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Yarmouth

The electricity distribution network operator for Yarmouth 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

There are six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Yarmouth

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

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%). In addition, 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 the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Yarmouth

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Yarmouth, we've found the five closest municipalities to Yarmouth.

Closest five municipalities to Yarmouth
Municipality Distance from Yarmouth
Totland Bay 3.35 miles
Alum Bay 3.35 miles
Sway 6.52 miles
Hordle 6.52 miles