Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Talgarth

Are you moving and want to know more about Talgarth? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Talgarth will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Talgarth water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Talgarth.

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About Talgarth, Powys

Talgarth LD3 has a population of 1,268 and is located in the county of Powys. Powys has a population of 132,400 people.

Who supplies my water in Talgarth?

Talgarth water services are provided by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Talgarth

Speaking to an advisor at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Talgarth water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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

Write to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

If you would like to email Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you can use the email address below:

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Talgarth

Water bill in Talgarth

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

Metered Customers in Talgarth

Customers with a water meter at their Talgarth house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Talgarth home.

Unmetered Customers in Talgarth

Customers without a meter at their Talgarth 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 Talgarth home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Talgarth is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Talgarth water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, installing a water meter at your Talgarth could be cheaper.

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 Talgarth?

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

How do I pay my Talgarth water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you register your details with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Talgarth bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for 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 Talgarth?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Talgarth LD3, 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.

Talgarth Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Talgarth

Is water from the tap in Talgarth safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Talgarth come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Talgarth:

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

Is the water hard in Talgarth

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 Talgarth is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Talgarth is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Talgarth 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 means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Talgarth.

Talgarth No Water

If you have no water in your Talgarth home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Talgarth.

If there is no water at your Talgarth home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Talgarth.

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. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any information explaining why you have 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Talgarth water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Talgarth property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Dwr Cymru Welsh Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Talgarth taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Talgarth 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 infuse the Talgarth water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Talgarth water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Dwr Cymru Welsh Water using the contact information above.

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Broadband in Talgarth LD3

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The speed of your internet connection at your Talgarth home depends 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
  • Which provider you have

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Talgarth with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Talgarth Average Download Speed Talgarth Average Upload Speed
47.10 Mbps 10.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Talgarth. An FTTP is the fastest internet 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 currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Talgarth?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Talgarth.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Talgarth is the availability. The majority of homes in Talgarth should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to 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 Talgarth?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Talgarth
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Talgarth homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Talgarth.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Talgarth.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Talgarth broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Talgarth. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Talgarth. 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.

Talgarth Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Talgarth must also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, 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 that without a reliable internet connection for your Talgarth home is something to think about.

Talgarth broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Talgarth broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Talgarth.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Talgarth?

The average broadband speed in Talgarth is:

Talgarth Average Download Speed Talgarth Average Upload Speed
47.10 Mbps 10.70 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 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Talgarth, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Talgarth property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Talgarth.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Talgarth

Corded telephone area code Talgarth

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Talgarth is 01806. When making a call to someone in Talgarth, 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 Talgarth call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 in Talgarth

Residents in Talgarth are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, 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 these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Talgarth home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Talgarth distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Talgarth below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Talgarth

The electricity distribution network operator for Talgarth 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park
Llansamlet, Swansea
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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

Power Generation near Talgarth

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Talgarth

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Talgarth, we've found the closest five municipalities to Talgarth.

Closest five municipalities to Talgarth
Municipality Distance from Talgarth
Crickhowell 12.47 miles
Abergavenny 13.18 miles
Merthyr Vale 13.46 miles
Cyfarthfa 13.46 miles
Pentrebach 13.46 miles