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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cornhill

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

About Cornhill, Aberdeenshire

Cornhill AB16 is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Cornhill?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Cornhill

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many options to discuss your Cornhill water issues.

In the table below you will find the phone 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, 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
Dunfermline
KY11 8GG

Customers that would rather email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Cornhill

Water bill in Cornhill

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

Metered Customers in Cornhill

Customers that have a water meter at their Cornhill house will pay an annual fixed 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 Cornhill home.

Unmetered Customers in Cornhill

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cornhill home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Cornhill home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Cornhill is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Cornhill water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Cornhill could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How do I pay my Cornhill water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Cornhill bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Cornhill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cornhill AB16, 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.

Cornhill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cornhill

Is tap water in Cornhill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cornhill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cornhill:

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

Is the water hard in Cornhill

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Cornhill contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Cornhill No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Cornhill home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Cornhill.

If there is no water at your Cornhill 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 Cornhill.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Cornhill water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Cornhill property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Cornhill taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Cornhill water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Cornhill water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Cornhill water.

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

Broadband in Cornhill AB16

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Cornhill 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?

Cornhill Average Download Speed Cornhill Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Cornhill. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Cornhill?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even 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 picking a broadband provider in Cornhill.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Cornhill is the issue of availability. Most homes in Cornhill can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

What are the different types of connection in Cornhill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Cornhill
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Cornhill homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Cornhill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Cornhill.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Cornhill broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Cornhill. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Cornhill. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cornhill Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Cornhill 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 keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Cornhill home is going to be important.

Cornhill broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Cornhill 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 then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Cornhill.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Cornhill?

The average broadband speed in Cornhill is:

Cornhill Average Download Speed Cornhill Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Cornhill, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Cornhill home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table to find out what sort of download speed you should pick for a broadband service in Cornhill.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Cornhill

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Cornhill is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Cornhill, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Cornhill call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your 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, please check with your provider before making 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 Cornhill

Residents in Cornhill can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Cornhill home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Cornhill distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Cornhill below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Cornhill

The electricity distribution network operator for Cornhill 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

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 Cornhill

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 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 sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Cornhill

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Cornhill, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Cornhill.

Closest five municipalities to Cornhill
Municipality Distance from Cornhill
Northfield -
Mastrick -
Whiterashes 1.84 miles
Newmachar 1.84 miles