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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lifton

Are you moving and want to know more about Lifton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Lifton will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lifton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lifton.

About Lifton, Devon

Lifton PL16 has a population of 1,180 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Lifton?

Lifton water utilities are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Lifton

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Lifton 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 Lifton

Water bill in Lifton

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

Metered Customers in Lifton

Customers that have a water meter at their Lifton 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 Lifton home.

Unmetered Customers in Lifton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Lifton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Lifton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Lifton will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Lifton 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Lifton could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Lifton?

The average water bill Lifton residents are being charged is £18.17 each month, that's £218 per year.

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How do I pay my Lifton water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Lifton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South West 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 Lifton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lifton PL16, 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.

Lifton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lifton

Is tap water in Lifton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lifton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lifton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lifton

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 rating in Lifton is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Lifton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Lifton contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. 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 Lifton.

Lifton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Lifton home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Lifton.

If there is no water at your Lifton home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Lifton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. 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. 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Lifton water leak or flooding

Lifton water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Lifton home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Lifton property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact South West Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the South West Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lifton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Lifton water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Lifton water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Lifton water.

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

Broadband Speed in Lifton PL16

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The speed of your internet connection at your Lifton home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • 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 connection speed for Lifton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Lifton Average Download Speed Lifton Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Lifton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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's the only type of internet connection currently available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Lifton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Lifton is the availability. Whilst many homes in Lifton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Lifton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lifton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Lifton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Lifton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Lifton.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Lifton broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Lifton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Lifton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lifton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lifton also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, 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 watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Lifton home will be an important thing to consider.

Lifton broadband customer support

Finally, the customer support of your Lifton broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Lifton.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Lifton have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Lifton?

The average broadband speed in Lifton is:

Lifton Average Download Speed Lifton Average Upload Speed
41.20 Mbps 10.30 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Lifton, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Lifton house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Lifton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that 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 are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Lifton

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

How much does an 01806 Lifton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the phone call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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.

Electricity and Gas in Lifton

People living in Lifton are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Lifton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Lifton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Lifton below.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Lifton

The electricity distribution network operator for Lifton 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Lifton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up 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 Close By Lifton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Lifton, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Lifton.

Closest five municipalities to Lifton
Municipality Distance from Lifton
Broadwoodwidger -
Calstock 8.71 miles
Gunnislake 8.71 miles
Albaston 8.71 miles
Kelly Bray 9.5 miles