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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barnton

If you just moved and have some questions about Barnton? Our complete guide to utilities in Barnton will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Barnton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Barnton.

About Barnton, Edinburgh

Barnton EH4 has a population of 3,117 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Barnton?

Barnton water services are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Barnton

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many options to discuss your Barnton water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water phone number Scottish Water Emergency phone number
0800 077 8778 0800 077 8778
24/7/365
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Write to Scottish Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

If you would like to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Barnton

Water bill in Barnton

Water rates in Barnton will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Barnton water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Barnton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Barnton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Barnton 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 Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Barnton home.

Unmetered Customers in Barnton

Customers without a meter at their Barnton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Barnton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Barnton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Barnton 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, installing a water meter at your Barnton could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Barnton water bill?

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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Barnton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Barnton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barnton EH4, 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.

Barnton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barnton

Is the tap water in Barnton safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Barnton. You can rest assured that Barnton water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Barnton water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Barnton water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Barnton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barnton:

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

How hard is the water in Barnton

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Barnton contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Barnton No Water

If you have no water in your Barnton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Barnton.

If there is no water at your Barnton 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 will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Barnton.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Barnton water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Scottish 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 Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Barnton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Barnton 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 can infuse the Barnton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Barnton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Barnton EH4

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Barnton home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • 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 Barnton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Barnton Average Download Speed Barnton Average Upload Speed
70.40 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Barnton. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Barnton.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Barnton is what's available. The majority of homes in Barnton can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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

What are the different types of connection in Barnton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Barnton
    • 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 delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Barnton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Barnton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Barnton.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Barnton broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Barnton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Barnton. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Barnton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Barnton should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Barnton home is something to think about.

Barnton broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Barnton broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Barnton.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Barnton have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Barnton?

The average broadband speed in Barnton is:

Barnton Average Download Speed Barnton Average Upload Speed
70.40 Mbps 13.40 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Barnton, 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 Barnton property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Barnton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices 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
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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Barnton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Barnton is 01806. When making a call to someone in Barnton, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Barnton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Barnton

Residents in Barnton are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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 Barnton home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Barnton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Barnton below.

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 Barnton

The electricity distribution network operator for Barnton 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 customercare@spenergynetworks.com
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
Glasgow

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 Barnton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Barnton

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Barnton, we've found the closest five municipalities to Barnton.

Closest five municipalities to Barnton
Municipality Distance from Barnton
Comely Bank -
Cramond -
West End 0.92 miles
Fountainbridge 0.92 miles