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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Bishops Lydeard

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

About Bishops Lydeard, Devon

Bishops Lydeard TA4 has a population of 2,040 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Bishops Lydeard?

Bishops Lydeard water services are provided by Wessex Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Wessex Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Bishops Lydeard

Calling a phone number for Wessex Water is one of many options to talk about your Bishops Lydeard water issues.

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

Wessex Water phone number Wessex Water Emergency phone number
0345 600 3 600 0345 600 4600
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Wessex Water

You can also write to Wessex Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Wessex Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to Wessex Water can do so by writing to the Wessex Water address below:

Wessex Water Address
Claverton Down

If you want to email Wessex Water, you should use the following email address:

Wessex Water Email Address

Water rates in Bishops Lydeard

Water bill in Bishops Lydeard

Water rates in Bishops Lydeard are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Bishops Lydeard water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Bishops Lydeard water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Bishops Lydeard

Customers with a water meter at their Bishops Lydeard home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Wessex Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Bishops Lydeard home.

Unmetered Customers in Bishops Lydeard

Customers without a meter at their Bishops Lydeard home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Bishops Lydeard home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Bishops Lydeard will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bishops Lydeard 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 are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Bishops Lydeard could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Bishops Lydeard?

The average water bill Bishops Lydeard residents are billed is £19.83 per month, which is £238 a year.

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How do I pay my Bishops Lydeard water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Wessex Water. After you've registered with Wessex 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 Bishops Lydeard 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 Wessex 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 Bishops Lydeard?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bishops Lydeard TA4, your water supplier is Wessex 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.

Bishops Lydeard Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bishops Lydeard

Is the tap water in Bishops Lydeard safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bishops Lydeard come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bishops Lydeard:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Bishops Lydeard

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 Bishops Lydeard is below 200ppm, this means the water in Bishops Lydeard is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Bishops Lydeard over. medium 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 it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Bishops Lydeard.

  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.

Bishops Lydeard No Water

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

If there is no water at your Bishops Lydeard home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Bishops Lydeard.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Wessex Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Wessex 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Bishops Lydeard water leak or flooding

Bishops Lydeard water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Bishops Lydeard 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 Bishops Lydeard property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Wessex Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Wessex Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bishops Lydeard taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Bishops Lydeard 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 Bishops Lydeard water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Bishops Lydeard water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Wessex Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Bishops Lydeard TA4

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The broadband speed you get at your Bishops Lydeard home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Bishops Lydeard 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?

Bishops Lydeard Average Download Speed Bishops Lydeard Average Upload Speed
45.27 Mbps 13.63 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Bishops Lydeard. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bishops Lydeard?

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 could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Bishops Lydeard.


The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Bishops Lydeard is the issue of availability. Most homes in Bishops Lydeard should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Bishops Lydeard?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Bishops Lydeard
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bishops Lydeard homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Bishops Lydeard.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Bishops Lydeard.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Bishops Lydeard broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Bishops Lydeard. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Bishops Lydeard. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Bishops Lydeard Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Bishops Lydeard must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

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

Bishops Lydeard broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Bishops Lydeard internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bishops Lydeard.


Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Bishops Lydeard?

The average speed of broadband in Bishops Lydeard is:

Bishops Lydeard Average Download Speed Bishops Lydeard Average Upload Speed
45.27 Mbps 13.63 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 speed will be slower the further away you are 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Bishops Lydeard, 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 Bishops Lydeard home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 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. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Bishops Lydeard.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so 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 Bishops Lydeard

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Bishops Lydeard is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Bishops Lydeard, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Bishops Lydeard 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, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Bishops Lydeard

Residents of Bishops Lydeard can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bishops Lydeard home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Bishops Lydeard distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Bishops Lydeard below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Bishops Lydeard

The electricity distribution network operator for Bishops Lydeard 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 Bishops Lydeard

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Bishops Lydeard

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Bishops Lydeard, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Bishops Lydeard.

Closest five municipalities to Bishops Lydeard
Municipality Distance from Bishops Lydeard
Crowcombe -
West Bagborough -
Williton -
Cannington 0.05 miles
Nether Stowey 0.05 miles