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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blackford

Are you moving and want to know more about Blackford? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Blackford will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Blackford water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Blackford.

About Blackford, Edinburgh

Blackford EH9 has a population of 736 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Blackford?

Blackford water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Blackford

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Blackford water problems.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

You can also write to Scottish Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

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

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Blackford

Water bill in Blackford

Water rates in Blackford depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Blackford water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Blackford water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Blackford

Customers with a water meter at their Blackford house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Blackford home.

Unmetered Customers in Blackford

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Blackford is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Blackford water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Blackford may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Blackford water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Blackford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Blackford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blackford EH9, 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.

Blackford Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blackford

Is tap water in Blackford safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blackford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blackford:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Blackford

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 Blackford is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Blackford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Blackford contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Blackford No Water

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

If there is no water at your Blackford home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Blackford.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Blackford water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Blackford property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking 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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Blackford taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Blackford 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 Blackford water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Blackford water.

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

Broadband in Blackford EH9

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The speed of your internet connection at your Blackford home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Blackford 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?

Blackford Average Download Speed Blackford Average Upload Speed
83.80 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Blackford. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Blackford?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Blackford.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before picking a broadband provider in Blackford is the availability. Whilst many homes in Blackford should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the 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 Blackford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Blackford
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Blackford homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Blackford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Blackford.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Blackford broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Blackford. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Blackford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Blackford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Blackford also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Blackford home will be an important thing to consider.

Blackford broadband customer service

Our final tip, the customer support of your Blackford internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Blackford.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Blackford ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Blackford?

The average speed of broadband in Blackford is:

Blackford Average Download Speed Blackford Average Upload Speed
83.80 Mbps 14.70 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 will be slower the further away you are 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Blackford, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Blackford home. 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?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Blackford.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Blackford

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Blackford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Blackford, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Blackford call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost should be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Blackford

Residents in Blackford are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Blackford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Blackford distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Blackford 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 for Blackford

The electricity distribution network operator for Blackford 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 Blackford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Blackford

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Blackford, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Blackford.

Closest five municipalities to Blackford
Municipality Distance from Blackford
Marchmont -
Liberton 1.18 miles
Cameron Toll 1.18 miles
Craigmillar 1.18 miles
Niddrie 1.18 miles