Barry Water: Quality, Water Rates & Supply Info

Barry with location marker on the right, and a running water tap on the left

If you just moved and have some Barry water questions, you will be able to find who handles the Barry water supply as well as wastewater services in the information below. Additionally, we have tips on how to deal with Barry water hardness so that you can enjoy quality tap water in your home.


Barry Water Supplier

Barry Water is supplied by one water company, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Here are the contact details for your Barry water supplier:

Barry Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water 0800 052 0145 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

Barry sewerage and wastewater is also handled by the same company, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Here are Barry sewerage and wastewater contact details:

Barry Wastewater Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water 0800 085 3968 24/7

Be aware that calls to numbers starting with 03 may be charged at local rates by your phone company.

Water Rates Barry

Water rates in Barry will depend on if your home has a water meter. You can find out whether your Barry water rates are metered by looking at your water bill. Homes that have metered water rates in Barry will list a meter number on the bill.

Homes that aren't metered won't have a meter number, but they will show the rateable value of the home instead of this. The rateable value part of your Barry water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and unlikely to have changed significantly since then. This rate takes into consideration factors such as property size and location, and is subject to review every 5 years.

If you don't have a bill available or have recently moved home, you can look around your house or in the front garden for a meter. Sometimes the meter can be located inside your house near to the stop tap.

If you would like to understand more about water meters check out Selectra's essential guide to water meters.

The average water rates Barry residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £439 a year. This amount combines both sewerage costs and water supply.

If you want to save some money on your water bill then this useful guide to water rates in the UK will give you some great tips & tricks to help lower your water bill.

Barry Water Hardness

Barry water hardness is rated as soft water. While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. Due to the way water filters through rocks in Barry water's supply area, Barry's water picks up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap.

Barry water's soft rating means that the soft water in your home is unlikely to lead to scaling in kettles, sinks, dishwashers and loos. Additionally having soft water means that it is more efficient at tasks such as washing clothes or dishes, your taps and pipes are less likely to accumulate scaling, and your energy bills will be more efficient in comparison to hard water properties.

Can you drink the water in Barry?

Yes! You can drink the water in Barry. Barry water meets very high standards making it safe to drink without having to boil, filter or otherwise refine the water further in order to make it potable. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Barry water quality a 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is very safe to drink.

If you notice a change in taste or smell of Barry water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes in water characteristics particularly can infuse Barry water with an earthy smell or taste. This is particularly prevalent in the autumn and winter periods.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.

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

Barry Water Problems

Water problems in Barry can include anything from burst water mains or flooding to having no water in your home. This is why you should make sure you are familiar with what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Barry property, you need to do one of the following:

  1. If you are out and about, call or tweet Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "In your area" section of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Waters website, or alternately reach out to them via the "Report an issue" page via live chat or telephone.

Barry No Water

If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with a Dwr Cymru Welsh Water outage impacting Barry, or your home plumbing.

  1. Check the FAQ or "Report an issue" section of the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water website.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you. If the issue affects your neighbours also, then there is most likely a local supply issue
  3. Check that your stop tap is open. If the tap has been turned to the closed position, this would stop water flowing from your taps
  4. If you have no water is it only no cold water or no hot water? If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for assistance.

Barry Water Discolouration

If the water in your home is discoloured, the issue might be a Dwr Cymru Welsh Water issue impacting Barry.

  1. Changes to the colour of the water in Barry may happen after a burst pipe has been repaired
  2. Or, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water could have been carrying out upgrade work on the pipes in Barry
  3. Water Discolouration is not harmful and can often be cleared by running the cold water tap until it becomes clear
  4. If there is little to no improvement after trying this, you can contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for assistance.

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