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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Blairs

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

About Blairs, Aberdeenshire

Blairs AB12 is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Blairs?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Blairs

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Blairs water problems.

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

You can also write to Scottish Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Blairs

Water bill in Blairs

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

Metered Customers in Blairs

Customers that have a water meter at their Blairs 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 Blairs home.

Unmetered Customers in Blairs

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Blairs home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Blairs home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Blairs is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Blairs 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 you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Blairs might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Blairs water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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 Blairs bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for 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 Blairs?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Blairs AB12, 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.

Blairs Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Blairs

Is tap water in Blairs safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Blairs come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Blairs:

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

Is the water hard in Blairs

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Blairs 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Blairs No Water

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

If there is no water at your Blairs 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 Blairs.

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. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Blairs water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Blairs taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Blairs water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Blairs water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Blairs water.

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

Internet in Blairs AB12

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The speed of your internet connection at your Blairs home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Blairs with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Blairs Average Download Speed Blairs Average Upload Speed
88.00 Mbps 36.80 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Blairs. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

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

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Blairs?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Blairs.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Blairs is what's available. The majority of homes in Blairs can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Blairs?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Blairs
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum 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 older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Blairs homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Blairs.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Blairs.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Blairs broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Blairs. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a broadband connection in Blairs. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Blairs Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Blairs must also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Blairs home will be an important thing to consider.

Blairs broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Blairs internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Blairs.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Blairs?

The average broadband speed in Blairs is:

Blairs Average Download Speed Blairs Average Upload Speed
88.00 Mbps 36.80 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Blairs, 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 Blairs house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Blairs.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Blairs

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Blairs is 01806. When making a call to someone in Blairs, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Blairs call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch 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.

Electricity and Gas in Blairs

Residents in Blairs are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Blairs home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Blairs distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Blairs in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Blairs

The electricity distribution network operator for Blairs 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 Blairs

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can 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 Blairs

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Blairs, we've found the closest five municipalities to Blairs.