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A Complete Guide to Utilities in North Gower

If you've moved and have questions about North Gower? Our comprehensive utilities guide to North Gower will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and North Gower water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in North Gower.

About North Gower, Swansea

North Gower SA4 has a population of 76,400 and is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in North Gower?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for North Gower

Calling a phone number for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is just one method of contact to talk about your North Gower water account.

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

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water telephone number Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Emergency telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

If you would like to email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Cost of water in North Gower

Water bill in North Gower

Water rates in North Gower will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your North Gower water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered North Gower water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in North Gower

Customers with a water meter at their North Gower house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your North Gower home.

Unmetered Customers in North Gower

Customers that don't have a water meter at their North Gower home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your North Gower home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in North Gower is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your North Gower water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your North Gower may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in North Gower?

The average water bill North Gower residents are being charged is £15.17 monthly, which works out at £182 annually.

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How do I pay my North Gower water bill?

You will first need to register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Once you've registered an account 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your North Gower bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in North Gower?

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

North Gower Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in North Gower

Is the tap water in North Gower safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in North Gower come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply North Gower:

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

Is the water hard in North Gower

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 North Gower is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in North Gower is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in North Gower contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in North Gower.

North Gower No Water

If you have no water in your North Gower home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting North Gower.

If there is no water at your North Gower home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting North Gower.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any explanations as to 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

North Gower water leak or flooding

North Gower water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your North Gower 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 North Gower property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in North Gower taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your North Gower 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 affect it by infusing your North Gower water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to North Gower water.

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

Broadband Speed in North Gower SA4

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The speed of your broadband connection at your North Gower home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for North Gower with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

North Gower Average Download Speed North Gower Average Upload Speed
64.10 Mbps 16.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in North Gower. 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 UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in North Gower?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in North Gower.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in North Gower is what's available. The majority of homes in North Gower can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in North Gower?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in North Gower
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of North Gower homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of North Gower.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in North Gower.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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North Gower broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in North Gower. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in North Gower. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

North Gower Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in North Gower 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 keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your North Gower home is something to think about.

North Gower broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your North Gower internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in North Gower.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in North Gower ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in North Gower?

The average speed of broadband in North Gower is:

North Gower Average Download Speed North Gower 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 will be slower the further away you are 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in North Gower, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your North Gower home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should choose for a broadband service in North Gower.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 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 North Gower

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for North Gower is 01806. If you're calling somebody in North Gower, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 North Gower call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in North Gower

Residents in North Gower can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your North Gower home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the North Gower distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for North Gower right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in North Gower

The electricity distribution network operator for North Gower 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 North Gower

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

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 kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near North Gower

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby North Gower, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to North Gower.