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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Blue Anchor

Are you moving and want to know more about Blue Anchor? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Blue Anchor will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Blue Anchor water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Blue Anchor.

About Blue Anchor, Swansea

Blue Anchor SA4 is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in Blue Anchor?

Blue Anchor water services are supplied 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 Blue Anchor

Ringing a contact number for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Blue Anchor water account.

In the table below we have listed the main 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via 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

If you want to email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you can use the email address below:

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

Price of water in Blue Anchor

Water bill in Blue Anchor

Water rates in Blue Anchor are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Blue Anchor water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Blue Anchor water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Blue Anchor

Customers with a water meter at their Blue Anchor 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Blue Anchor home.

Unmetered Customers in Blue Anchor

Customers who don't have a meter at their Blue Anchor 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 Blue Anchor home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Blue Anchor is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Blue Anchor water rates would have been 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 you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Blue Anchor may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Blue Anchor?

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

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How do I pay my Blue Anchor water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you've registered 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Blue Anchor bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Blue Anchor?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blue Anchor SA4, 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.

Blue Anchor Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blue Anchor

Is tap water in Blue Anchor safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blue Anchor come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blue Anchor:

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

How hard is the water in Blue Anchor

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Blue Anchor contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Blue Anchor.

Blue Anchor No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Blue Anchor 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 Blue Anchor.

If there is no water at your Blue Anchor home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Blue Anchor.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for assistance. 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 explanations as to why you have 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Blue Anchor water leak or flooding

Blue Anchor water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Blue Anchor home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Blue Anchor property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current 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 Blue Anchor taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Blue Anchor water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Blue Anchor water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Blue Anchor water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband in Blue Anchor SA4

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The broadband speed you get at your Blue Anchor home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Blue Anchor with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Blue Anchor Average Download Speed Blue Anchor Average Upload Speed
64.10 Mbps 16.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Blue Anchor. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Blue Anchor?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Blue Anchor.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Blue Anchor is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Blue Anchor should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the 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 Blue Anchor?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Blue Anchor
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Blue Anchor homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Blue Anchor.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Blue Anchor.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Blue Anchor broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Blue Anchor. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Blue Anchor. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Blue Anchor Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Blue Anchor should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Blue Anchor home is something to think about.

Blue Anchor broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Blue Anchor broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Blue Anchor.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Blue Anchor?

The average speed of broadband in Blue Anchor is:

Blue Anchor Average Download Speed Blue Anchor Average Upload Speed
64.10 Mbps 16.70 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 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Blue Anchor, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Blue Anchor house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Blue Anchor.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Blue Anchor

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Blue Anchor is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blue Anchor, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Blue Anchor call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Blue Anchor

People living in Blue Anchor are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, 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.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Blue Anchor home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Blue Anchor distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Blue Anchor 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 in Blue Anchor

The electricity distribution network operator for Blue Anchor 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

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 Blue Anchor

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Blue Anchor

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Blue Anchor, we've found the five closest municipalities to Blue Anchor.