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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Sketty Park

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

About Sketty Park, Swansea

Sketty Park SA2 has a population of 14,301 and is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in Sketty Park?

Sketty Park 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 Sketty Park

Calling a phone number for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Sketty Park water problems.

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

Additionally, you can communicate with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

Price of water in Sketty Park

Water bill in Sketty Park

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

Metered Customers in Sketty Park

Customers with a water meter at their Sketty Park 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 cover the consumption at your Sketty Park home.

Unmetered Customers in Sketty Park

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Sketty Park home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Sketty Park home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Sketty Park will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Sketty Park water rates will 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Sketty Park might work out cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Sketty Park?

The average water bill Sketty Park residents are billed is £15.17 each month, that's £182 a year.

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How do I pay my Sketty Park 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 Sketty Park bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Sketty Park?

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

Sketty Park Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Sketty Park

Is tap water in Sketty Park safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Sketty Park come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Sketty Park:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Sketty Park

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 Sketty Park is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Sketty Park is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Sketty Park contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Sketty Park.

Sketty Park No Water

If you have no water in your Sketty Park home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Sketty Park.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for assistance. 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 the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Sketty Park water leak or flooding

Sketty Park water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Sketty Park home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Sketty Park property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Dwr Cymru Welsh Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Sketty Park taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Sketty Park water this could be because of 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 impermeate the Sketty Park water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Sketty Park water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Sketty Park SA2

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

  • Fibre availability
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Sketty Park with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Sketty Park Average Download Speed Sketty Park Average Upload Speed
86.70 Mbps 16.90 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Sketty Park. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Sketty Park?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Sketty Park.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Sketty Park is what's available. Most homes in Sketty Park should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Sketty Park?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Sketty Park
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Sketty Park homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Sketty Park.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Sketty Park.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Sketty Park broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Sketty Park. 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 fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Sketty Park. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Sketty Park Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Sketty Park should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Sketty Park home will be an important thing to consider.

Sketty Park broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Sketty Park broadband internet is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need 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 deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Sketty Park.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Sketty Park ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Sketty Park?

The average internet speed in Sketty Park is:

Sketty Park Average Download Speed Sketty Park Average Upload Speed
86.70 Mbps 16.90 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Sketty Park, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Sketty Park property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Sketty Park.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 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 are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Sketty Park

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Sketty Park is 01792. When making a call to someone in Sketty Park, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01792 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01792 Sketty Park call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone 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 in Sketty Park

Residents in Sketty Park are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Sketty Park home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Sketty Park distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Sketty Park in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Sketty Park

The electricity distribution network operator for Sketty Park 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 Sketty Park

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (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, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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 Close By Sketty Park

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Sketty Park, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Sketty Park.