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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Yealmpton

Are you moving and want to know more about Yealmpton? Our complete guide to utilities in Yealmpton is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Yealmpton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Yealmpton.

About Yealmpton, Devon

Yealmpton PL8 has a population of 1,677 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Yealmpton?

Yealmpton water services are provided by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Yealmpton

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Yealmpton water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 Yealmpton

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

Metered Customers in Yealmpton

Customers with a water meter at their Yealmpton 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 South West Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Yealmpton home.

Unmetered Customers in Yealmpton

Customers without a meter at their Yealmpton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Yealmpton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Yealmpton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Yealmpton 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Yealmpton 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 Yealmpton?

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

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How do I pay my Yealmpton water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. Once you've registered an account 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Yealmpton bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Yealmpton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Yealmpton PL8, 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.

Yealmpton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Yealmpton

Is tap water in Yealmpton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Yealmpton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Yealmpton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Yealmpton

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 Yealmpton is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Yealmpton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Yealmpton contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Yealmpton.

Yealmpton No Water

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

If there is no water at your Yealmpton 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 Yealmpton.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of South West 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Yealmpton water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Call South West 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 South West Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Yealmpton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Yealmpton water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Yealmpton 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 Yealmpton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to South West Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Yealmpton PL8

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Yealmpton 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
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Yealmpton 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?

Yealmpton Average Download Speed Yealmpton Average Upload Speed
63.20 Mbps 11.30 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Yealmpton. 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 households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Yealmpton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Yealmpton.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Yealmpton is what's available. Whilst many homes in Yealmpton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area 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 as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Yealmpton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Yealmpton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds 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.
    • Available to the majority of Yealmpton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Yealmpton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Yealmpton.
    • 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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Yealmpton broadband cost

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Yealmpton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Yealmpton. 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.

Yealmpton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Yealmpton must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Yealmpton home is going to be important.

Yealmpton broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Yealmpton internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Yealmpton.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Yealmpton?

The average broadband speed in Yealmpton is:

Yealmpton Average Download Speed Yealmpton Average Upload Speed
63.20 Mbps 11.30 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 - 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Yealmpton, from which it is connected to your property 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 Yealmpton property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Yealmpton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Yealmpton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Yealmpton is 01806. When making a call to someone in Yealmpton, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Yealmpton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call 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. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Yealmpton

People living in Yealmpton are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is 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 connects your Yealmpton home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Yealmpton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Yealmpton 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 Yealmpton

The electricity distribution network operator for Yealmpton 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 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 Yealmpton

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

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 tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Yealmpton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Yealmpton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Yealmpton.

Closest five municipalities to Yealmpton
Municipality Distance from Yealmpton
Brixton -
Newton Ferrers -
Wembury 1.65 miles
Mount Batten 1.65 miles
Heybrook Bay 1.65 miles