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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Fairwood

Are you moving and want to know more about Fairwood? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Fairwood is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Fairwood water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Fairwood.

About Fairwood, Swansea

Fairwood SA2 has a population of 2,914 and is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in Fairwood?

Fairwood water services are supplied by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Fairwood

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

In the table below we have listed the main contact numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water contact number Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Emergency contact 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.

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 can use the email address below:

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

Water rates in Fairwood

Water bill in Fairwood

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

Metered Customers in Fairwood

Customers that have a water meter at their Fairwood home will pay a fixed annual 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 Fairwood home.

Unmetered Customers in Fairwood

Customers without a meter at their Fairwood home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Fairwood home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Fairwood is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Fairwood 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 Fairwood could be cheaper.

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 Fairwood?

The average water bill Fairwood residents are billed is £15.17 each month, that's £182 per year.

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How do I pay my Fairwood water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Once you've registered an account with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Fairwood bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up 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 Fairwood?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Fairwood SA2, 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.

Fairwood Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Fairwood

Is the tap water in Fairwood safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Fairwood come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Fairwood:

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

How hard is the water in Fairwood

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 in Fairwood is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Fairwood is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Fairwood 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 extends their lifespan.

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

Fairwood No Water

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

If there is no water at your Fairwood home, do you only have 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 Fairwood.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  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. Check the Twitter account of Dwr Cymru Welsh 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Fairwood water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Fairwood 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, 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 Fairwood taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Fairwood water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Fairwood water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Fairwood SA2

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Fairwood home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Fairwood with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Fairwood Average Download Speed Fairwood Average Upload Speed
86.70 Mbps 16.90 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Fairwood. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Fairwood.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Fairwood is what's available. Most homes in Fairwood can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built 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

How can I connect to the internet in Fairwood?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Fairwood
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Fairwood homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Fairwood.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Fairwood.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Fairwood broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Fairwood. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Fairwood. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Fairwood Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Fairwood should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Fairwood home is going to be important.

Fairwood broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Fairwood broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Fairwood.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Fairwood?

The average internet speed in Fairwood is:

Fairwood Average Download Speed Fairwood Average Upload Speed
86.70 Mbps 16.90 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 - 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 a green box on your street in Fairwood, 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 Fairwood house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take when getting connected in Fairwood.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your 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.

What's the telephone dialling code of Fairwood

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Fairwood is 01792. If you're calling somebody in Fairwood, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01792 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01792 Fairwood call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that 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 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 additional charges on your next phone 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 Fairwood

Residents of Fairwood are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is 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 supplies your Fairwood home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Fairwood

The electricity distribution network operator for Fairwood 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 Fairwood

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Fairwood

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Fairwood, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Fairwood.