Brixham Water: Supplier, Meters & Rates

If you have just moved home and have a few Brixham water questions, you will be able to find all of the answers you need in this simple guide. From who handles the Brixham water supply and wastewater services to water rates and water meters.

Brixham Water Supplier

Brixham water is supplied by one water company, South West Water. Here are the contact details for your Brixham water supplier:

Brixham Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
South West Water 0344 246 1010 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm

Brixham sewerage and wastewater is handled by the same company. Here are Brixham sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Brixham Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
South West Water 0344 346 2020 24/7

Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.

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Where does Brixham water come from?

The vast majority of South West Waters supply comes from reservoirs and rivers within their coverage area. The remaining 10% is sourced from a combination of boreholes, wells and natural springs.

Water Rates Brixham

The type of water rates that apply to your Brixham home will vary depending on if the property has a water meter or not. The simplest way to find out which one applies to you is by taking a look at a water bill. Homes that have metered water rates will have a meter number listed on their bills. If you cannot see the meter number, often the account number will start with UC for unmetered customer or MC for metered customer.

Alternately if you do not have a bill available, you can check around your home to see if you can find a water meter. These would usually be located either in a small box in the ground in your garden or the vicinity of the water stop tap. If you find a water meter in either of these locations, then your home will have metered rates.

If you have a water meter, it is very important that you give your water provider regular water meter readings. Your provider will bill you according to your exact usage, and so failing to provide this data could mean that they will give you higher estimated bills. Submitting a meter reading is very simple, and can be done either via their website, your account, by giving them a call, or via their app.

Homes that are not metered won't have metered rates, but they will have a rateable value of the home instead. The rateable value takes into account factors such as property size, location, and the availability of local services to create a usage value that is then applied to your bill.

The average water rates Brixham water residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £491 a year. This amount combines both water supply and sewerage costs.

If you need help deciding if a water meter is the right choice for you, or are looking to save on your water bills, then check out these simple water meter and water rates guides to get started.

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Brixham Water Hardness

Brixham water hardness is rated as soft. Brixham's soft water rating means that your water is more effective at tasks such as cleaning clothes or dishes, can help to reduce your energy bill and is much less prone to limescale accumulation in comparison to homes in harder water areas. It is not necessary to use additional water softeners to protect your appliances or improve your water's quality.

Can you drink the water in Brixham?

Definitely! As with the vast majority of the UK, Brixham water meets very high standards. It is unnecessary to purchase bottled water or to boil your water to make it potable. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Brixham water quality at a great 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that all legal and safety guidelines have been met.

Mild changes in taste or smell of Brixham are usually not cause for concern, such as in the following instances:

  1. Seasonal changes such as where your water has come from or how it has filtered through the earth can imbue your water with varying flavours.
  2. Plumbing such as taps and pipes repairs can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.
  3. Chlorination is used to eliminate harmful contaminants. This is harmless to health, and does not affect your waters safety.

If you would like to learn more about where your water comes from, you should not hesitate to contact South West Water or take a browse their website.

Brixham Water Problems

Brixham water problems can come in many forms, including anything from burst water pipes or flooding to having no water supply in your home. If you are uncertain about what you would do in such an event, read on.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Brixham property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. If you are out and about, you can send a WhatsApp message, call, or reach out to South West Water on Twitter for support.
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of South West Water and fill out the online form.

Brixham No Water

If you have no water in your home, it is important to identify if the issue is related to your home plumbing or a South West Water outage impacting Brixham.

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water, and when you can expect the resumption of service.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you. If they do, then this suggests an area outage. If they don't, then the issue may lay with your property, and you might need to contact a plumber.
  3. Check that your stop tap is open. A stop tap must be turned to the open position to allow water to flow.
  4. If you have no water, is it only no cold water, or no hot water? If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance.

Brixham Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be a South West Water issue impacting Brixham.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Brixham may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired
  2. Or, South West Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Brixham
  3. Water Discolouration is not harmful and can often be cleared by running the cold water tap until it becomes clear
  4. If there is no improvement after trying this, you can contact South West Water for assistance.

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