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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cabrach

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

About Cabrach, Aberdeenshire

Cabrach AB54 has a population of 69 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Cabrach?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cabrach

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Cabrach water account.

In the table below we have listed the main 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

You can also get in touch with Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Cabrach

Water bill in Cabrach

Water rates in Cabrach are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Cabrach water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Cabrach water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cabrach

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

Unmetered Customers in Cabrach

Customers who don't have a meter at their Cabrach home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Cabrach home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Cabrach will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Cabrach water rates would have been 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Cabrach may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Cabrach water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account with Scottish Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, 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 Cabrach bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Cabrach?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cabrach AB54, 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.

Cabrach Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Cabrach have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cabrach

Is water from the tap in Cabrach safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cabrach come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cabrach:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Cabrach

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 Cabrach is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Cabrach is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Cabrach contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Cabrach.

Cabrach No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Cabrach home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Cabrach.

If there is no water at your Cabrach home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Cabrach.

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, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  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.

Cabrach water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Cabrach property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring 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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Cabrach taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Cabrach water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Cabrach water.

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

Broadband Speed in Cabrach AB54

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Cabrach home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Cabrach with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cabrach Average Download Speed Cabrach Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Cabrach. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Cabrach.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Cabrach is the issue of availability. Most homes in Cabrach can take advantage of 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 technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Cabrach?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cabrach
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed 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.
    • Available to 99.9% of Cabrach homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Cabrach.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Cabrach.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Cabrach broadband price

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Cabrach. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Cabrach. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Cabrach Broadband Reliability

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

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Cabrach home is something to think about.

Cabrach broadband customer support

Lastly, the technical support for your Cabrach broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have 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 can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Cabrach.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Cabrach?

The average speed of broadband in Cabrach is:

Cabrach Average Download Speed Cabrach Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • 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 Cabrach, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Cabrach house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Cabrach.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to 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 Cabrach

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Cabrach is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Cabrach, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Cabrach call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Cabrach

Residents of Cabrach can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is 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 Cabrach home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Cabrach distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cabrach 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 responsible for Cabrach

The electricity distribution network operator for Cabrach 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 Cabrach

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount 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 the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected 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, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Cabrach

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Cabrach, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Cabrach.