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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Barrhead

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

About Barrhead, East Renfrewshire

Barrhead G78 has a population of 17,443 and is located in the county of East Renfrewshire. East Renfrewshire has a population of 95,170 people.

Who supplies my water in Barrhead?

Barrhead water services are provided by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Barrhead

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many options to discuss your Barrhead water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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
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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.

If you prefer to send 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

Price of water in Barrhead

Water bill in Barrhead

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

Metered Customers in Barrhead

Customers that have a water meter at their Barrhead house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Barrhead home.

Unmetered Customers in Barrhead

Customers without a meter at their Barrhead 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 Barrhead home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Barrhead will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Barrhead 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Barrhead may save you money.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How do I pay my Barrhead water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. After you've registered 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 Barrhead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Barrhead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Barrhead G78, 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.

Barrhead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Barrhead

Is water from the tap in Barrhead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Barrhead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Barrhead:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Barrhead

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Barrhead contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Barrhead.

Barrhead No Water

If you have no water in your Barrhead 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 Barrhead.

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

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Scottish 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.

Barrhead water leak or flooding

Barrhead water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Barrhead home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

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

  1. Contact Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Barrhead taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Barrhead water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Barrhead water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Barrhead water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Barrhead G78

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The broadband speed you get at your Barrhead home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • 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 see if it matches the average connection speed for Barrhead with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Barrhead Average Download Speed Barrhead Average Upload Speed
72.70 Mbps 14.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Barrhead. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

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

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, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Barrhead.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Barrhead is what's available. Whilst many homes in Barrhead should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently 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 Barrhead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Barrhead
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Barrhead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Barrhead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Barrhead.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • 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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Barrhead broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Barrhead. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Barrhead. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Barrhead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Barrhead must also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Barrhead home is something to think about.

Barrhead broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer support of your Barrhead broadband internet is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Barrhead.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Barrhead have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Barrhead?

The average speed of broadband in Barrhead is:

Barrhead Average Download Speed Barrhead Average Upload Speed
72.70 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 - 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Barrhead, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Barrhead house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Barrhead.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 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 are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Barrhead

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Barrhead is 01806. When making a call to someone in Barrhead, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Barrhead call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone 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 don't know whether you have inclusive 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Barrhead

Residents in Barrhead can 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 known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Barrhead home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Barrhead distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Barrhead right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Barrhead

The electricity distribution network operator for Barrhead 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

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
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Power Generation near Barrhead

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

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 fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 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 Close By Barrhead

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Barrhead, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Barrhead.

Closest five municipalities to Barrhead
Municipality Distance from Barrhead
Uplawmoor -
Crookston 2.39 miles
Darnley 2.39 miles
Pollok 2.39 miles
Paisley (South) 2.97 miles