Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Clarkston
If you've moved and have questions about Clarkston? Our utilities guide to Clarkston will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Clarkston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Clarkston.
About Clarkston, Glasgow
Clarkston G76 has a population of 9,371 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.
Who supplies my water in Clarkston?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Clarkston
Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Clarkston water problems.
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|
Moving to Clarkston?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Write to Scottish Water
You can also get in touch with 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 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
Customers that would rather email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:
|Scottish Water Email Address|
Water rates in Clarkston
Water rates in Clarkston will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Clarkston water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Clarkston water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Clarkston
Customers that have a water meter at their Clarkston 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 are for the consumption at your Clarkston home.
Unmetered Customers in Clarkston
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Clarkston home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Clarkston home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Clarkston is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Clarkston 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?
That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Clarkston may save you money.
Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.
How do I pay my Clarkston water bill?
You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you've registered 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 Clarkston bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Scottish Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.
Can I switch the water supplier in Clarkston?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Clarkston G76, 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.
Clarkston Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Clarkston have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Clarkston
Is tap water in Clarkston safe to drink?
Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Clarkston. You can rest assured that Clarkston water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Clarkston water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Clarkston water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Clarkston come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Clarkston:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Clarkston
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 Clarkston is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Clarkston is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water being supplied to your home in Clarkston 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.
Water softener isn't needed at your home in Clarkston.
Clarkston No Water
If there isn't any running water in your Clarkston home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Clarkston.
If there is no water at your Clarkston home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Clarkston.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. You can also try the following:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Clarkston water leak or flooding
Clarkston water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Clarkston home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.
If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Clarkston property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Call Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Clarkston taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Clarkston water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Clarkston water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Clarkston 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 Speed in Clarkston G76
The broadband speed you get at your Clarkston home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- Fibre availability
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Placement of your router
- If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
- Your internet service provider or ISP
Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Clarkston with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Clarkston Average Download Speed||Clarkston Average Upload Speed|
|72.70 Mbps||14.20 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Clarkston?
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Clarkston. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.
The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.
What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Clarkston?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Clarkston.
The first thing you need to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Clarkston is what's available. Whilst many homes in Clarkston should be able to enjoy 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Clarkston?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Clarkston
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Clarkston homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Clarkston.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Clarkston?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Clarkston broadband cost
You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Clarkston. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Clarkston. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.
Clarkston Broadband Reliability
The reliability of the broadband connection is in Clarkston should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is really important.
Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Clarkston home will be an important thing to consider.
Clarkston broadband customer support
Lastly, the technical support for your Clarkston broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband 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 quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Clarkston.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Clarkston have about broadband internet.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is the broadband in Clarkston?
The average broadband speed in Clarkston is:
|Clarkston Average Download Speed||Clarkston Average Upload Speed|
|72.70 Mbps||14.20 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.
- ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
- Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
- FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Clarkston, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Clarkston house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .
What speed internet is best for me?
That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to which speed you should pick for a broadband service in Clarkston.
|Frequent internet uses||Recommended Download Speed||Up to 2 devices|
|Up to 2 devices||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|3-5 devices||AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|More than 5 devices||All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers||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 across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.
What's the telephone area code for Clarkston
The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Clarkston is 01806. When making a call to someone in Clarkston, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01806 Clarkston call cost?
If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the phone call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.
How many different 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.
Electricity and Gas in Clarkston
Residents of Clarkston can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Clarkston home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
Most of the time you won't need to contact the Clarkston distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Clarkston right here.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Clarkston
The electricity distribution network operator for Clarkston 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|
|Address||Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Clarkston?
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Power Generation near Clarkston
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Clarkston.
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 amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.
Towns and Cities Near Clarkston
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Clarkston, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Clarkston.