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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Gowerton

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

About Gowerton, Swansea

Gowerton SA4 has a population of 8,183 and is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in Gowerton?

Gowerton 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 Gowerton

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

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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 write to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. 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

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

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

Cost of water in Gowerton

Water bill in Gowerton

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

Metered Customers in Gowerton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Gowerton 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 are for the consumption at your Gowerton home.

Unmetered Customers in Gowerton

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Gowerton home will pay 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 Gowerton home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Gowerton will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Gowerton 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Gowerton might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Gowerton?

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

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How do I pay my Gowerton water bill?

You will first need to register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you've registered 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 Gowerton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 Gowerton?

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

Gowerton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Gowerton

Is tap water in Gowerton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Gowerton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Gowerton:

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

Is the water hard in Gowerton

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 Gowerton is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Gowerton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Gowerton 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 Gowerton.

Gowerton No Water

If you have no water in your Gowerton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Gowerton.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for help. 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 why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, they often post incident 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.

Gowerton water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Dwr Cymru Welsh Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Gowerton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Gowerton 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 Gowerton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Gowerton 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 Speed in Gowerton SA4

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The broadband speed you get at your Gowerton home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Gowerton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Gowerton Average Download Speed Gowerton Average Upload Speed
64.10 Mbps 16.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Gowerton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Gowerton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst searching for a broadband provider in Gowerton is the availability. Most homes in Gowerton should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Gowerton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Gowerton
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Gowerton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Gowerton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Gowerton.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Gowerton broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Gowerton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal 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 sign up to a broadband connection in Gowerton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Gowerton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Gowerton should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

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

Gowerton broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Gowerton internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Gowerton.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Gowerton have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Gowerton?

The average broadband speed in Gowerton is:

Gowerton Average Download Speed Gowerton Average Upload Speed
64.10 Mbps 16.70 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Gowerton, 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 Gowerton house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Gowerton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended 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 the above, plus 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Gowerton

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Gowerton is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Gowerton, 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 Gowerton call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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 Supply in Gowerton

Residents in Gowerton are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Gowerton home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Gowerton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Gowerton in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Gowerton

The electricity distribution network operator for Gowerton 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 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
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Power Generation near Gowerton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Gowerton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Gowerton, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Gowerton.