Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ardlui

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

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About Ardlui, Argyll and Bute

Ardlui G83 is located in the county of Argyll and Bute. Argyll and Bute has a population of 86,260 people.

Who supplies my water in Ardlui?

Ardlui water services are provided by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Ardlui

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Ardlui water account.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water contact number Scottish Water Emergency contact number
0800 077 8778 0800 077 8778
24/7/365

Write to Scottish Water

You can also write to Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Scottish Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Scottish Water can do so by writing to the Scottish Water address below:

Scottish Water Address
Head Office, Castle House, 6 Castle Drive
Dunfermline
KY11 8GG

Customers that would rather email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Price of water in Ardlui

Water bill in Ardlui

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

Metered Customers in Ardlui

Customers with a water meter at their Ardlui 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 Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Ardlui home.

Unmetered Customers in Ardlui

Customers without a meter at their Ardlui home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Ardlui home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Ardlui is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Ardlui 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Ardlui may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.

How do I pay my Ardlui water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account with Scottish 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Ardlui bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Scottish 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 Ardlui?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ardlui G83, your water supplier is Scottish 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.

Ardlui Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ardlui

Is water from the tap in Ardlui safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ardlui come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ardlui:

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

How hard is the water in Ardlui

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 rating in Ardlui is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Ardlui is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Ardlui 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Ardlui.

Ardlui No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Ardlui 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 Ardlui.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Ardlui water leak or flooding

Ardlui water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Ardlui 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 Ardlui property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Ardlui taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Ardlui water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

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

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Internet in Ardlui G83

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the 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 Ardlui with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

Ardlui Average Download Speed Ardlui Average Upload Speed
92.40 Mbps 14.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Ardlui. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Ardlui?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Ardlui.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Ardlui is what's available. Whilst many homes in Ardlui should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre 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 will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Ardlui?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Ardlui
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Ardlui homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Ardlui.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Ardlui.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Ardlui broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Ardlui. 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. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Ardlui. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Ardlui Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Ardlui must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Ardlui home is something to think about.

Ardlui broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Ardlui internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Ardlui.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Ardlui?

The average internet speed in Ardlui is:

Ardlui Average Download Speed Ardlui Average Upload Speed
92.40 Mbps 14.20 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Ardlui, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Ardlui property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should take when getting connected in Ardlui.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
Over 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

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What's the telephone area code for Ardlui

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Ardlui is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Ardlui, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Ardlui call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

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

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Ardlui

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

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Ardlui home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Ardlui distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Ardlui right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Ardlui

The electricity distribution network operator for Ardlui is SP Energy Networks - Central & Southern Scotland. You can find the SP Energy Networks - Central & Southern Scotland contact details in the table below:

SP Energy Networks - Central & Southern Scotland Contact Information
General Enquiries 0330 101 0444
Emergencies 0800 092 9290
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
Glasgow
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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 Ardlui

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types 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 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up 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 Near Ardlui

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Ardlui, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Ardlui.