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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Calton

If you've moved and have questions about Calton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Calton will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Calton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Calton.

About Calton, Glasgow

Calton G4 has a population of 15,552 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Calton?

Calton water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Calton

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Calton water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Scottish Water, by composing 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 want to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Calton

Water bill in Calton

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

Metered Customers in Calton

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Calton property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Calton home.

Unmetered Customers in Calton

Customers who don't have a meter at their Calton home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Calton home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Calton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Calton 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Calton may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Calton water bill?

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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Calton 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 Calton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Calton G4, 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.

Calton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Calton

Is the tap water in Calton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Calton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Calton:

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

Is the water hard in Calton

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 Calton is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Calton is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Calton contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Calton No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Calton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Calton.

If there is no water at your Calton home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Calton.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Calton water leak or flooding

Calton water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Calton 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 Calton 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, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Calton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Calton water this could be because of 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 infuse the Calton water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Calton water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Calton G4

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average connection speed for Calton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Calton Average Download Speed Calton Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Calton. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Calton?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Calton.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Calton is the availability. Most homes in Calton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 kinds of internet connection are available in Calton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Calton
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Calton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Calton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Calton.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Calton broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Calton. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Calton. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Calton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Calton also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Calton home is something to think about.

Calton broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Calton broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Calton.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Calton have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Calton?

The average speed of broadband in Calton is:

Calton Average Download Speed Calton Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Calton, it's then connected to your house 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 Calton house. 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 would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Calton.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Calton

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Calton is 01806. If you call someone in Calton, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Calton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Calton

People living in Calton can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Calton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

The electricity distribution network operator for Calton 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 Calton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Calton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Calton, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Calton.