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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Lundy Island

If you've moved and have questions about Lundy Island? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Lundy Island is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lundy Island water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lundy Island.

About Lundy Island, Devon

Lundy Island EX39 has a population of 28 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Lundy Island?

Lundy Island water services are supplied by South West Water. Below are the main phone numbers for South West Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Lundy Island

Calling a phone number for South West Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Lundy Island water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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 also send your request via 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

Water rates in Lundy Island

Water bill in Lundy Island

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

Metered Customers in Lundy Island

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

Unmetered Customers in Lundy Island

Customers who don't have a meter at their Lundy Island home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Lundy Island home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Lundy Island will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Lundy Island 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Lundy Island could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Lundy Island?

The average water bill Lundy Island residents are being charged is £18.17 per month, which is £218 a year.

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How do I pay my Lundy Island water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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 Lundy Island bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Lundy Island?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lundy Island EX39, 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.

Lundy Island Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lundy Island

Is water from the tap in Lundy Island safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Lundy Island. You can rest assured that Lundy Island water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Lundy Island water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Lundy Island water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Lundy Island come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lundy Island:

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

Is the water hard in Lundy Island

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 Lundy Island is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Lundy Island is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Lundy Island contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Lundy Island.

Lundy Island No Water

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

If there is no water at your Lundy Island home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Lundy Island.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the South West Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Lundy Island water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Lundy Island taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Lundy Island water this could be because of 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 Lundy Island water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Lundy Island water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Lundy Island EX39

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The speed of your internet connection at your Lundy Island home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Lundy Island 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?

Lundy Island Average Download Speed Lundy Island Average Upload Speed
39.70 Mbps 10.00 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Lundy Island. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Lundy Island?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Lundy Island.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Lundy Island is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Lundy Island can take advantage of 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Lundy Island?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Lundy Island
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Lundy Island homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Lundy Island.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Lundy Island.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Lundy Island broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Lundy Island. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Lundy Island. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lundy Island Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Lundy Island should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

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

Lundy Island broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Lundy Island broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Lundy Island.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Lundy Island?

The average broadband speed in Lundy Island is:

Lundy Island Average Download Speed Lundy Island Average Upload Speed
39.70 Mbps 10.00 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Lundy Island, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Lundy Island property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Lundy Island.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus 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 across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Lundy Island

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lundy Island is 01237. If you call someone in Lundy Island, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01237 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01237 Lundy Island call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to 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 a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Lundy Island

Residents of Lundy Island can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Lundy Island home to the gas and electricity networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Lundy Island

The electricity distribution network operator for Lundy Island 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 Lundy Island

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lundy Island

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Lundy Island, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Lundy Island.

Closest five municipalities to Lundy Island
Municipality Distance from Lundy Island
Braunton 6.05 miles
Great Torrington 6.58 miles
Umberleigh 12.97 miles
Beaworthy 12.99 miles