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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Bedford

Are you moving and want to know more about Bedford? Our utilities guide to Bedford is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Bedford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Bedford.

About Bedford, Aberdeenshire

Bedford AB24 has a population of 87,590 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Bedford?

Bedford water services are provided by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Bedford

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Bedford water issues.

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

Scottish Water telephone number Scottish Water Emergency telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Scottish Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 want to email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Bedford

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

Metered Customers in Bedford

Customers that have a water meter at their Bedford home will pay a fixed annual 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 Bedford home.

Unmetered Customers in Bedford

Customers who don't have a meter at their Bedford home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Bedford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Bedford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Bedford water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Bedford could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Bedford water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you've registered 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Bedford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Scottish Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Bedford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Bedford AB24, 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.

Bedford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Bedford

Is water from the tap in Bedford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Bedford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Bedford:

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

How hard is the water in Bedford

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 Bedford is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Bedford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Bedford contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Bedford.

Bedford No Water

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

If there is no water at your Bedford 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 Bedford.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Bedford water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Bedford property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring 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 in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Bedford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Bedford 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 Bedford water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Bedford water.

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

Broadband Speed in Bedford AB24

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The broadband speed you get at your Bedford home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Bedford 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?

Bedford Average Download Speed Bedford Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Bedford. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Bedford?

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 might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Bedford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Bedford is what's available. Whilst many homes in Bedford should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Bedford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Bedford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Bedford 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 Bedford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Bedford.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Bedford broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Bedford. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Bedford. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Bedford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Bedford must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Bedford home is going to be important.

Bedford broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer support of your Bedford broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Bedford.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Bedford have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Bedford?

The average speed of broadband in Bedford is:

Bedford Average Download Speed Bedford Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 a green box on your street in Bedford, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Bedford property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

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 to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Bedford.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above plus 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 signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Bedford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Bedford is 01224. When making a call to someone in Bedford, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01224 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01224 Bedford call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure 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 different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Bedford

Residents of Bedford can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Bedford home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Bedford distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Bedford below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Bedford

The electricity distribution network operator for Bedford is SGN. You can find the SGN contact details in the table below:

SGN Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 912 1700
Emergencies 0800 111 999
Email customer@sgn.co.uk
Website https://www.sgn.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

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 Bedford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Bedford

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Bedford, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Bedford.

Closest five municipalities to Bedford
Municipality Distance from Bedford
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Woodside -
Old Aberdeen -