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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lynmouth

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

About Lynmouth, Devon

Lynmouth EX35 has a population of 2,700 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Lynmouth?

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

How to reach your water provider in Lynmouth

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Lynmouth water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the South West Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Price of water in Lynmouth

Water bill in Lynmouth

Water rates in Lynmouth depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Lynmouth water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Lynmouth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Lynmouth

Customers with a water meter at their Lynmouth house will pay an annual fixed charge, 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 Lynmouth home.

Unmetered Customers in Lynmouth

Customers who don't have a meter at their Lynmouth home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Lynmouth home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Lynmouth will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Lynmouth water rates will 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Lynmouth 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 Lynmouth?

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

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How do I pay my Lynmouth water bill?

You will first 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Lynmouth bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Lynmouth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lynmouth EX35, 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.

Lynmouth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lynmouth

Is water from the tap in Lynmouth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lynmouth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lynmouth:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lynmouth

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 Lynmouth is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Lynmouth is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Lynmouth 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. 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 Lynmouth.

Lynmouth No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Lynmouth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Lynmouth.

If there is no water at your Lynmouth home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Lynmouth.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of 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 often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Lynmouth water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Lynmouth 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 can go on the internet at your current 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 Lynmouth taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lynmouth 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 infuse the Lynmouth water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Lynmouth water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Lynmouth EX35

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Lynmouth with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Lynmouth Average Download Speed Lynmouth Average Upload Speed
45.20 Mbps 12.10 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Lynmouth. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Lynmouth?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Lynmouth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Lynmouth is the availability. Most homes in Lynmouth can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Lynmouth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lynmouth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Lynmouth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Lynmouth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Lynmouth.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Lynmouth broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Lynmouth. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Lynmouth. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lynmouth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Lynmouth should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Lynmouth home is going to be important.

Lynmouth broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Lynmouth broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Lynmouth.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Lynmouth ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Lynmouth?

The average broadband speed in Lynmouth is:

Lynmouth Average Download Speed Lynmouth Average Upload Speed
45.20 Mbps 12.10 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Lynmouth, from there it's connected to your home 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 Lynmouth property. 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 kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Lynmouth.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Lynmouth

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Lynmouth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Lynmouth, 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 Lynmouth call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Lynmouth

Residents in Lynmouth are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Lynmouth home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Lynmouth distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Lynmouth below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Lynmouth

The electricity distribution network operator for Lynmouth 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 Lynmouth

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

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%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lynmouth

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Lynmouth, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Lynmouth.

Closest five municipalities to Lynmouth
Municipality Distance from Lynmouth
Barnstaple 3.18 miles
Minehead 6.84 miles
Ilfracombe 12.94 miles
Woolacombe 12.94 miles