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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lynton

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

About Lynton, Devon

Lynton EX35 has a population of 1,157 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Lynton?

Lynton water utilities are supplied by South West Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for South West Water:

How to reach your water provider in Lynton

Calling a phone number for South West Water is one of many options to discuss your Lynton water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 Lynton

Water bill in Lynton

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

Metered Customers in Lynton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Lynton house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Lynton home.

Unmetered Customers in Lynton

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Lynton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Lynton water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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 Lynton may save you money.

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 Lynton?

The average water bill Lynton residents are charged is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 per year.

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How do I pay my Lynton water bill?

You will first need to register with South West Water. After you've registered 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 Lynton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Lynton?

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

Lynton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lynton

Is tap water in Lynton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lynton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lynton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lynton

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 rating for water hardness in Lynton is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Lynton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Lynton contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Lynton.

Lynton No Water

If you have no water in your Lynton home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Lynton.

If there is no water at your Lynton 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 Lynton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Lynton water leak or flooding

Lynton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Lynton home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Lynton property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  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, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Lynton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lynton water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Lynton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Lynton water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Lynton EX35

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The broadband speed you get at your Lynton 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
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Lynton 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?

Lynton Average Download Speed Lynton Average Upload Speed
45.20 Mbps 12.10 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Lynton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available 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 it is the only means of connection that's available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Lynton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Lynton.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Lynton is the availability. Whilst many homes in Lynton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Lynton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Lynton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Lynton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Lynton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Lynton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Lynton broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Lynton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Lynton. 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.

Lynton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Lynton also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Lynton home is going to be important.

Lynton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Lynton broadband internet is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Lynton.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Lynton have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Lynton?

The average speed of broadband in Lynton is:

Lynton Average Download Speed Lynton 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, these are the different kinds of 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Lynton, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Lynton property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Lynton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Lynton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lynton is 01598. If you call someone in Lynton, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01598 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01598 Lynton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Lynton

Residents in Lynton are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Lynton home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Lynton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Lynton right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Lynton

The electricity distribution network operator for Lynton 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 Lynton

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is 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. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lynton

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Lynton, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Lynton.

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