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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blackpill

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

About Blackpill, Swansea

Blackpill SA3 is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in Blackpill?

Blackpill water services are provided by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water:

How to reach your water provider in Blackpill

Speaking to an advisor at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Blackpill water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water general enquiries and emergencies.

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

You can also get in touch with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 must use the following email address:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address
company.secretary@dwrcymru.com

Water rates in Blackpill

Water bill in Blackpill

Water rates in Blackpill are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Blackpill water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Blackpill water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Blackpill

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

Unmetered Customers in Blackpill

Customers who don't have a meter at their Blackpill home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Blackpill home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Blackpill is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Blackpill 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, installing a water meter at your Blackpill might work out 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 Blackpill?

The average water bill Blackpill residents are billed is £15.17 monthly, which works out at £182 a year.

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How do I pay my Blackpill water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you've registered with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Blackpill 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 Dwr Cymru Welsh 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 Blackpill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blackpill SA3, 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.

Blackpill Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Blackpill have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blackpill

Is the tap water in Blackpill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blackpill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blackpill:

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

Is the water hard in Blackpill

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 Blackpill is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Blackpill is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Blackpill contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. 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 Blackpill.

Blackpill No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Blackpill water leak or flooding

Blackpill water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Blackpill 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 Blackpill property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Dwr Cymru Welsh Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Blackpill taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Blackpill 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 impermeate the Blackpill water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Blackpill water.

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

Internet in Blackpill SA3

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The broadband speed you get at your Blackpill home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Blackpill with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Blackpill Average Download Speed Blackpill Average Upload Speed
72.30 Mbps 12.30 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Blackpill. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Blackpill?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Blackpill.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Blackpill is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Blackpill should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Blackpill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Blackpill
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them '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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Blackpill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Blackpill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Blackpill.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Blackpill broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Blackpill. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Blackpill. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Blackpill Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Blackpill must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Blackpill home is going to be important.

Blackpill broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Blackpill broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Blackpill.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Blackpill have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Blackpill?

The average internet speed in Blackpill is:

Blackpill Average Download Speed Blackpill Average Upload Speed
72.30 Mbps 12.30 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Blackpill, 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 Blackpill property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Blackpill.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Blackpill

Corded telephone area code Blackpill

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Blackpill is 01792. When making a call to someone in Blackpill, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01792 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01792 Blackpill call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask 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's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Blackpill

Residents in Blackpill are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Blackpill home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Blackpill distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Blackpill in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Blackpill

The electricity distribution network operator for Blackpill 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 wpdnewsupplieswales@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park
Llansamlet, Swansea

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 Blackpill

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Blackpill

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

Closest five municipalities to Blackpill
Municipality Distance from Blackpill
Mumbles 0.01 miles
South Gower 0.01 miles
Oystermouth 0.01 miles