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A Complete Guide to Utilities in South Gower

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

About South Gower, Swansea

South Gower SA3 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 South Gower?

South Gower water services are provided 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 South Gower

Speaking to an advisor at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your South Gower 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 get in touch with 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.

Customer that want to post 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
company.secretary@dwrcymru.com

Price of water in South Gower

Water bill in South Gower

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

Metered Customers in South Gower

Customers who have a water meter installed at their South 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 South Gower home.

Unmetered Customers in South Gower

Customers who don't have a meter at their South Gower home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your South Gower home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in South Gower is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your South Gower water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your South Gower may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in South Gower?

The average water bill South Gower residents are billed is £15.17 each month, that's £182 annually.

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How do I pay my South Gower 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 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your South Gower bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 South Gower?

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

South Gower Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in South Gower have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in South Gower

Is water from the tap in South Gower safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in South Gower. You can rest assured that South Gower water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated South 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 South Gower water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in South Gower come from?

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

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

What's the water hardness rating in South 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 South Gower is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in South Gower is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in South Gower 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. 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 South Gower.

South Gower No Water

If there isn't any running water in your South Gower 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 South Gower.

If there is no water at your South 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 is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting South Gower.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for help. 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

South Gower water leak or flooding

South Gower water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your South Gower home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your South Gower property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Dwr Cymru Welsh Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in South Gower taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your South Gower water this may be due 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 affect it by infusing your South Gower water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to South 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.

Internet in South Gower SA3

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in South Gower with our fast and simple speed test.

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

South Gower Average Download Speed South Gower Average Upload Speed
72.30 Mbps 12.30 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in South 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in South Gower?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in South Gower.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in South Gower is what's available. The majority of homes in South Gower should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in South Gower?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in South Gower
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of South Gower homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of South Gower.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in South Gower.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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South Gower broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in South Gower. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in South Gower. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

South Gower Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in South Gower must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your South Gower home is going to be important.

South Gower broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your South Gower broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in South Gower.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in South Gower have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in South Gower?

The average speed of broadband in South Gower is:

South Gower Average Download Speed South Gower Average Upload Speed
72.30 Mbps 12.30 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • 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 South Gower, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your South Gower property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in South Gower.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in South Gower

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for South Gower is 01792. If you call someone in South Gower, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01792 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01792 South Gower call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in South Gower

Residents in South Gower can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional 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 South Gower home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the South Gower distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers South Gower right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for South Gower

The electricity distribution network operator for South 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

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 South Gower

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was 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 generated from fossil fuels varies 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 nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near South Gower

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of South Gower, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to South Gower.

Closest five municipalities to South Gower
Municipality Distance from South Gower
Mumbles 0.01 miles
Oystermouth 0.01 miles
West Cross 0.01 miles