Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Beechwood

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

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About Beechwood, Newport

Beechwood NP19 has a population of 7,779 and is located in the county of Newport. Newport has a population of 145,700 people.

Who supplies my water in Beechwood?

Beechwood water services are supplied by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water:

How to reach your water provider in Beechwood

Speaking to an advisor at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Beechwood water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water telephone number Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Emergency telephone number
0800 052 0145 0800 052 0130
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

You can also write to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water can do so by writing to the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water address below:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Address
PO Box 690
Cardiff
CF3 5WL

Customers that would rather email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you should use the following email address:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Beechwood

Water bill in Beechwood

Water rates in Beechwood are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Beechwood water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Beechwood water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Beechwood

Customers that have a water meter at their Beechwood 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 Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Beechwood home.

Unmetered Customers in Beechwood

Customers without a meter at their Beechwood home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Beechwood home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Beechwood is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Beechwood water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have 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, having a water meter installed at your Beechwood may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Beechwood?

The average water bill Beechwood residents are charged is £15.17 per month, which is £182 a year.

How do I pay my Beechwood water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Once you've registered an account with Dwr Cymru Welsh 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 Beechwood bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Dwr Cymru Welsh Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Beechwood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Beechwood NP19, your water supplier is Dwr Cymru Welsh 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.

Beechwood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Beechwood

Is tap water in Beechwood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Beechwood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Beechwood:

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

How hard is the water in Beechwood

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 Beechwood is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Beechwood is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Beechwood contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. 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 meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Beechwood.

Beechwood No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Beechwood water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Beechwood property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Dwr Cymru Welsh 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 Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Beechwood taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Beechwood water this may be due 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 Beechwood water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Beechwood water.

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

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Broadband in Beechwood NP19

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Beechwood home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Beechwood with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Beechwood Average Download Speed Beechwood Average Upload Speed
82.00 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Beechwood. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Beechwood?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Beechwood.

Availability

The first thing to consider when picking a broadband provider in Beechwood is the issue of availability. Most homes in Beechwood can take advantage of 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Beechwood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Beechwood
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads 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.
    • Available to the majority of Beechwood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Beechwood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Beechwood.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Beechwood broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Beechwood. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Beechwood. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Beechwood Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Beechwood should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Beechwood home will be an important thing to consider.

Beechwood broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Beechwood internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Beechwood.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Beechwood?

The average internet speed in Beechwood is:

Beechwood Average Download Speed Beechwood Average Upload Speed
82.00 Mbps 13.40 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Beechwood, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Beechwood property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Beechwood.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone area code for Beechwood

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Beechwood is 01633. If you call someone in Beechwood, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01633 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01633 Beechwood call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know 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 telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Beechwood

People living in Beechwood are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the local 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 Beechwood home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Beechwood distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Beechwood right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Beechwood

The electricity distribution network operator for Beechwood is Western Power Distribution - South Wales. You can find the Western Power Distribution - South Wales contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - South Wales Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park
Llansamlet, Swansea
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There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution

Power Generation near Beechwood

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from 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, 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Beechwood

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Beechwood, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Beechwood.

Closest five municipalities to Beechwood
Municipality Distance from Beechwood
St. Julians -
Ringland -
Malpas 1.83 miles