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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Waunarlwydd

If you've moved and have questions about Waunarlwydd? Our utilities guide to Waunarlwydd will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Waunarlwydd water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Waunarlwydd.

About Waunarlwydd, Swansea

Waunarlwydd SA5 is located in the county of Swansea. Swansea has a population of 246,217 people.

Who supplies my water in Waunarlwydd?

Waunarlwydd water utilities 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 Waunarlwydd

Calling a phone number for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Waunarlwydd 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 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 also submit your request on 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 want to 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 Waunarlwydd

Water bill in Waunarlwydd

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

Metered Customers in Waunarlwydd

Customers with a water meter at their Waunarlwydd home will pay a fixed annual 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Waunarlwydd home.

Unmetered Customers in Waunarlwydd

Customers without a meter at their Waunarlwydd home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Waunarlwydd home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Waunarlwydd is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Waunarlwydd water rates will have been 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 you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Waunarlwydd could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Waunarlwydd?

The average water bill Waunarlwydd residents are billed is £15.17 per month, which is £182 annually.

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How do I pay my Waunarlwydd water bill?

You will first need to register with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. After you register your details 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 Waunarlwydd 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Waunarlwydd?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Waunarlwydd SA5, 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.

Waunarlwydd Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Waunarlwydd have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Waunarlwydd

Is tap water in Waunarlwydd safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Waunarlwydd come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Waunarlwydd:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Waunarlwydd

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 Waunarlwydd is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Waunarlwydd is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Waunarlwydd 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. 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 Waunarlwydd.

Waunarlwydd No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Waunarlwydd 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 Waunarlwydd.

If there is no water at your Waunarlwydd home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Waunarlwydd.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  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.

Waunarlwydd water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Waunarlwydd 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 whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Waunarlwydd taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Waunarlwydd water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Waunarlwydd water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Waunarlwydd water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Waunarlwydd SA5

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The speed of your internet connection at your Waunarlwydd home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • 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 see how it compares to the average connection speed for Waunarlwydd with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Waunarlwydd Average Download Speed Waunarlwydd Average Upload Speed
86.70 Mbps 16.90 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Waunarlwydd. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes 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 available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Waunarlwydd.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Waunarlwydd is what's available. Most homes in Waunarlwydd should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Waunarlwydd?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Waunarlwydd
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of 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 older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Waunarlwydd homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Waunarlwydd.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Waunarlwydd.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Waunarlwydd broadband cost

Waunarlwydd broadband bill

You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Waunarlwydd. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Waunarlwydd. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Waunarlwydd Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Waunarlwydd also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Waunarlwydd home will be an important thing to consider.

Waunarlwydd broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Waunarlwydd broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Waunarlwydd.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Waunarlwydd?

The average speed of broadband in Waunarlwydd is:

Waunarlwydd Average Download Speed Waunarlwydd Average Upload Speed
86.70 Mbps 16.90 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Waunarlwydd, from there it's connected to your home 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 Waunarlwydd house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Waunarlwydd.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Waunarlwydd

Corded telephone area code Waunarlwydd

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Waunarlwydd is 01806. If you call someone in Waunarlwydd, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Waunarlwydd call cost?

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

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask 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? 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 Waunarlwydd

Residents of Waunarlwydd are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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 Waunarlwydd home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Waunarlwydd distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Waunarlwydd below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Waunarlwydd

The electricity distribution network operator for Waunarlwydd 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 Waunarlwydd

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

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%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Waunarlwydd

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Waunarlwydd, we've found the five closest municipalities to Waunarlwydd.

Closest five municipalities to Waunarlwydd
Municipality Distance from Waunarlwydd
Killay 1.63 miles
Sketty 1.63 miles
Tycoch 1.63 miles
Hendrefoilan 1.63 miles
Glanmor 1.63 miles