Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Brecon
If you just moved and have some questions about Brecon? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Brecon will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Brecon water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Brecon.
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About Brecon, Powys
Brecon LD3 has a population of 8,250 and is located in the county of Powys. Powys has a population of 132,400 people.
Who supplies my water in Brecon?
How to get in touch with the water supplier in Brecon
Ringing a contact number for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many options to talk about your Brecon water account.
In the table below we have listed the main phone 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|
Write to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Additionally, you can communicate with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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
Customers that would rather email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you can use the email address below:
|Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address|
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Water rates in Brecon
Water rates in Brecon depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Brecon water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Brecon water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Brecon
Customers that have a water meter at their Brecon 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 Brecon home.
Unmetered Customers in Brecon
Customers without a meter at their Brecon 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 Brecon home.
As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Brecon is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Brecon 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?
It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Brecon could be 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 Brecon?
The average water bill Brecon residents are billed is £15.17 per month, which is £182 per year.
How do I pay my Brecon water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Brecon bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've 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 Brecon?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Brecon LD3, 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.
Brecon Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Brecon have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Brecon
Is water from the tap in Brecon safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Brecon. You can rest assured that Brecon water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Brecon 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 Brecon water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Brecon come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Brecon:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Brecon
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 Brecon is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Brecon is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Brecon contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.
You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Brecon.
Brecon No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Brecon home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Brecon.
If there is no water at your Brecon home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Brecon.
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:
- Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Check the Twitter account of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Brecon water leak or flooding
Brecon water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Brecon 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 Brecon property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Ring Dwr Cymru Welsh Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Brecon taste strange?
If you find the taste or smell is different with your Brecon water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Brecon water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Brecon water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on the contact details above.
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Broadband in Brecon LD3
The speed of your internet connection at your Brecon home depends on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Where you've placed your router
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Which provider you have
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Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Brecon Average Download Speed||Brecon Average Upload Speed|
|47.10 Mbps||10.70 Mbps|
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Brecon. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.
What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Brecon?
It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Brecon.
The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Brecon is the availability. Most homes in Brecon should be able to enjoy 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 networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Brecon?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Brecon
- We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
- Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Brecon homes.
- Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Brecon.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
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Brecon broadband price
Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Brecon. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Brecon. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Brecon Broadband Reliability
The reliability of broadband in Brecon 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 keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.
When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Brecon home is something to think about.
Brecon broadband technical support
Finally, the technical support for your Brecon broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Brecon.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Brecon have about broadband internet.
Broadband Internet FAQs
What's the average broadband speed in Brecon?
The average internet speed in Brecon is:
|Brecon Average Download Speed||Brecon Average Upload Speed|
|47.10 Mbps||10.70 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Brecon, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Brecon home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .
What broadband speed do I need?
It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Brecon.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Broadband Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Up to 5 devices||AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming||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 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.
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What's the telephone area code for Brecon
The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Brecon is 01874. If you're calling somebody in Brecon, and you are in a different area, you must add 01874 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 01874 Brecon call cost?
If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.
Electricity and Gas in Brecon
People living in Brecon are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, 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 it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Brecon home to the gas network and electricity grid.
In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Brecon distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Brecon below.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Brecon
The electricity distribution network operator for Brecon 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|
|Address||Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park
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The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Power Generation near Brecon
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Brecon.
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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 small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.
Renewable energy accounted for 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 Brecon
If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Brecon, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Brecon.