A Complete Guide to Utilities in Rhyd-y-Foel

Are you moving and want to know more about Rhyd-y-Foel? Our utilities guide to Rhyd-y-Foel will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Rhyd-y-Foel water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Rhyd-y-Foel.

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About Rhyd-y-Foel, Conwy

Rhyd-y-Foel LL22 has a population of 1,542 and is located in the county of Conwy. Conwy has a population of 118,184 people.

Who supplies my water in Rhyd-y-Foel?

Rhyd-y-Foel water services are supplied by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Rhyd-y-Foel

Speaking to an advisor at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Rhyd-y-Foel water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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

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 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
Cardiff
CF3 5WL

Customers that would rather email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you must use the following email address:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Rhyd-y-Foel

Water bill in Rhyd-y-Foel

Water rates in Rhyd-y-Foel are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Rhyd-y-Foel water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Rhyd-y-Foel water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Rhyd-y-Foel

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Rhyd-y-Foel property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Rhyd-y-Foel home.

Unmetered Customers in Rhyd-y-Foel

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Rhyd-y-Foel is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Rhyd-y-Foel 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Rhyd-y-Foel 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 Rhyd-y-Foel?

The average water bill Rhyd-y-Foel residents are being charged is £15.17 each month, that's £182 per year.

How do I pay my Rhyd-y-Foel water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Rhyd-y-Foel bill. While some customers like an annual payment, 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Rhyd-y-Foel?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Rhyd-y-Foel LL22, 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.

Rhyd-y-Foel Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Rhyd-y-Foel have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rhyd-y-Foel

Is the tap water in Rhyd-y-Foel safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rhyd-y-Foel come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rhyd-y-Foel:

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

How hard is the water in Rhyd-y-Foel

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 Rhyd-y-Foel is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Rhyd-y-Foel is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Rhyd-y-Foel contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Rhyd-y-Foel.

Rhyd-y-Foel No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Rhyd-y-Foel home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Rhyd-y-Foel.

If there is no water at your Rhyd-y-Foel home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Rhyd-y-Foel.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  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, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Rhyd-y-Foel water leak or flooding

Rhyd-y-Foel water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Rhyd-y-Foel 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 Rhyd-y-Foel property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Dwr Cymru Welsh Water whether the problem is with clean 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 Rhyd-y-Foel taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Rhyd-y-Foel 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 Rhyd-y-Foel water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Rhyd-y-Foel water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband in Rhyd-y-Foel LL22

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The broadband speed you get at your Rhyd-y-Foel home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local 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 find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Rhyd-y-Foel with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Rhyd-y-Foel Average Download Speed Rhyd-y-Foel Average Upload Speed
53.70 Mbps 11.60 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Rhyd-y-Foel. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Rhyd-y-Foel?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Rhyd-y-Foel.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Rhyd-y-Foel is the issue of availability. Most homes in Rhyd-y-Foel should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Rhyd-y-Foel?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Rhyd-y-Foel
    • 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 connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Rhyd-y-Foel homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Rhyd-y-Foel.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Rhyd-y-Foel.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Rhyd-y-Foel broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Rhyd-y-Foel. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Rhyd-y-Foel. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Rhyd-y-Foel Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Rhyd-y-Foel should also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Rhyd-y-Foel home will be an important thing to consider.

Rhyd-y-Foel broadband customer service

Finally, the technical support for your Rhyd-y-Foel internet connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Rhyd-y-Foel.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Rhyd-y-Foel have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Rhyd-y-Foel?

The average internet speed in Rhyd-y-Foel is:

Rhyd-y-Foel Average Download Speed Rhyd-y-Foel Average Upload Speed
53.70 Mbps 11.60 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 - 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 Rhyd-y-Foel, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Rhyd-y-Foel house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Rhyd-y-Foel.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the landline area code in Rhyd-y-Foel

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Rhyd-y-Foel is 01806. When making a call to someone in Rhyd-y-Foel, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Rhyd-y-Foel call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably 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 are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Rhyd-y-Foel

People living in Rhyd-y-Foel are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be 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 Rhyd-y-Foel home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Rhyd-y-Foel distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Rhyd-y-Foel 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 Rhyd-y-Foel

The electricity distribution network operator for Rhyd-y-Foel is SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales. You can find the SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales contact details in the table below:

SP Energy Networks - Merseyside and North Wales Contact Information
General Enquiries 0330 101 0444
Emergencies 0800 001 5400
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 3 Prenton Way
Prenton
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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

Power Generation near Rhyd-y-Foel

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Rhyd-y-Foel.

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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 strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Rhyd-y-Foel

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Rhyd-y-Foel, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Rhyd-y-Foel.