A Complete Guide to Utilities in Oystermouth
If you've moved and have questions about Oystermouth? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Oystermouth is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Oystermouth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Oystermouth.
About Oystermouth, Swansea
Oystermouth SA3 has a population of 4,160 and is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.
Who supplies my water in Oystermouth?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Oystermouth
Calling a phone number for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Oystermouth 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 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
Additionally, you can communicate 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.
If you prefer to write 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|
Water rates in Oystermouth
Water rates in Oystermouth will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Oystermouth water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Oystermouth water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Oystermouth
Customers who have a water meter installed at their Oystermouth property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Oystermouth home.
Unmetered Customers in Oystermouth
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Oystermouth home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Oystermouth home.
As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Oystermouth is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Oystermouth water prices were 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 have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Oystermouth might work out cheaper.
Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.
How much is the average water bill in Oystermouth?
The average water bill Oystermouth residents are billed is £15.17 each month, that's £182 annually.
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How do I pay my Oystermouth water bill?
First of all, you will need to register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you've registered 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 Oystermouth 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.
Can I switch the water supplier in Oystermouth?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Oystermouth SA3, 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.
Oystermouth Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Oystermouth have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Oystermouth
Is tap water in Oystermouth safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Oystermouth. You can rest assured that Oystermouth water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Oystermouth water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Oystermouth water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Oystermouth come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Oystermouth:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Oystermouth
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 Oystermouth is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Oystermouth is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water being supplied to your home in Oystermouth 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 extends their lifespan.
You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Oystermouth.
Oystermouth No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Oystermouth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Oystermouth.
If there is no water at your Oystermouth home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Oystermouth.
If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Oystermouth water leak or flooding
Oystermouth water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Oystermouth home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Oystermouth property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:
- Contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.
Why does the water in Oystermouth taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Oystermouth water this could be down to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Oystermouth water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Oystermouth water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on the contact details above.
Internet in Oystermouth SA3
The broadband speed you get at your Oystermouth home can vary depending on 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 broadband provider
Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Oystermouth with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Oystermouth Average Download Speed||Oystermouth Average Upload Speed|
|72.30 Mbps||12.30 Mbps|
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Oystermouth. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.
The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.
Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Oystermouth?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Oystermouth.
The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Oystermouth is what's available. Whilst many homes in Oystermouth should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.
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 Oystermouth?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Oystermouth
- We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre 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.
- Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to the majority of Oystermouth homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Can only choose Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Oystermouth.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
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Oystermouth broadband price
You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Oystermouth. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal 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 connection in Oystermouth. 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.
Oystermouth Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Oystermouth also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.
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 Oystermouth home is going to be important.
Oystermouth broadband technical support
Lastly, the technical support for your Oystermouth broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband 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 is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Oystermouth.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Oystermouth have about their internet connection.
Broadband Internet FAQs
How fast is the broadband in Oystermouth?
The average speed of broadband in Oystermouth is:
|Oystermouth Average Download Speed||Oystermouth Average Upload Speed|
|72.30 Mbps||12.30 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 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Oystermouth, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Oystermouth house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .
How fast internet should my internet be?
That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take for a broadband service in Oystermouth.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended 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|
|More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.
What's the telephone area code for Oystermouth
The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Oystermouth is 01792. When making a call to someone in Oystermouth, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01792 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01792 Oystermouth call cost?
If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you are unsure 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 different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity Supply in Oystermouth
People living in Oystermouth 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 regional network operator.
These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Oystermouth home to the gas and electricity networks.
In many cases you won't need to speak to the Oystermouth distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Oystermouth in this section.
You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Oystermouth
The electricity distribution network operator for Oystermouth 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
There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Oystermouth
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Oystermouth.
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 tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by 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 currently being built.
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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Oystermouth
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Oystermouth, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Oystermouth.