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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cathcart

If you've moved and have questions about Cathcart? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Cathcart is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cathcart water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cathcart.

About Cathcart, Glasgow

Cathcart G44 has a population of 7,163 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Cathcart?

Cathcart 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 Cathcart

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Cathcart water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main 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

You can also get in touch with Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Cathcart

Water bill in Cathcart

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

Metered Customers in Cathcart

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Cathcart 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. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Cathcart home.

Unmetered Customers in Cathcart

Customers who don't have a meter at their Cathcart 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 Cathcart home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cathcart is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Cathcart water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to 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 Cathcart might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Cathcart 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 Cathcart bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Cathcart?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cathcart G44, 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.

Cathcart Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cathcart

Is water from the tap in Cathcart safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cathcart come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cathcart:

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

How hard is the water in Cathcart

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 Cathcart is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Cathcart is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Cathcart contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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 extends their lifespan.

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

Cathcart No Water

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

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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.

Cathcart water leak or flooding

Cathcart water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Cathcart home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

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

  1. Ring Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Cathcart taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Cathcart 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 affect it by infusing your Cathcart water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Cathcart water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Cathcart G44

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • 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 find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cathcart 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?

Cathcart Average Download Speed Cathcart Average Upload Speed
77.50 Mbps 14.40 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Cathcart. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Cathcart?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Cathcart.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Cathcart is the availability. The majority of homes in Cathcart can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Cathcart?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Cathcart
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Cathcart homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cathcart.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Cathcart.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Cathcart broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Cathcart. 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 fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Cathcart. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Cathcart Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Cathcart must also be considered, with so many people that work from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Cathcart home is going to be important.

Cathcart broadband customer service

Lastly, the technical support for your Cathcart broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Cathcart.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Cathcart have about their internet connection.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Cathcart?

The average internet speed in Cathcart is:

Cathcart Average Download Speed Cathcart Average Upload Speed
77.50 Mbps 14.40 Mbps

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

To put it 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 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 boxes on your street in Cathcart, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Cathcart property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Cathcart.

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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses 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 Cathcart

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Cathcart is 01806. When making a call to someone in Cathcart, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Cathcart call cost?

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

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Cathcart

Residents of Cathcart can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Cathcart home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Cathcart distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Cathcart 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 in Cathcart

The electricity distribution network operator for Cathcart 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 Cathcart

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is 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.

Towns and Cities Near Cathcart

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Cathcart, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Cathcart.

Closest five municipalities to Cathcart
Municipality Distance from Cathcart
Muirend -
King's Park -
Croftfoot -
Battlefield 0.95 miles
Govanhill 0.95 miles