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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Corstorphine

Are you moving and want to know more about Corstorphine? Our utilities guide to Corstorphine will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Corstorphine water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Corstorphine.

About Corstorphine, Edinburgh

Corstorphine EH12 has a population of 5,311 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Corstorphine?

Corstorphine water services are provided by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Corstorphine

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Corstorphine water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on the Scottish Water website.

Customer that want to post 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

Price of water in Corstorphine

Water bill in Corstorphine

Water rates in Corstorphine are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Corstorphine water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Corstorphine water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Corstorphine

Customers that have a water meter at their Corstorphine property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Corstorphine home.

Unmetered Customers in Corstorphine

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Corstorphine is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Corstorphine water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have 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, installing a water meter at your Corstorphine could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Corstorphine water bill?

First of all, you will 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Corstorphine bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've 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 Corstorphine?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Corstorphine EH12, 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.

Corstorphine Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Corstorphine

Is tap water in Corstorphine safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Corstorphine come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Corstorphine:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Corstorphine

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Corstorphine contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Corstorphine No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Corstorphine home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Corstorphine.

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Corstorphine water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Corstorphine property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Corstorphine taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Corstorphine water this could be down to 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 impermeate the Corstorphine water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Corstorphine water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Corstorphine EH12

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The broadband speed you get at your Corstorphine home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Corstorphine with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Corstorphine Average Download Speed Corstorphine Average Upload Speed
82.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Corstorphine. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Corstorphine?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've listed the four important points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Corstorphine.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Corstorphine is the issue of availability. Most homes in Corstorphine should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Corstorphine?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Corstorphine
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Corstorphine homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Corstorphine.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Corstorphine.
    • 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, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Corstorphine broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Corstorphine. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal 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 sign up to a internet connection in Corstorphine. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Corstorphine Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Corstorphine must 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 do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Corstorphine home will be an important thing to consider.

Corstorphine broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Corstorphine broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Corstorphine.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Corstorphine have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Corstorphine?

The average internet speed in Corstorphine is:

Corstorphine Average Download Speed Corstorphine Average Upload Speed
82.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Corstorphine, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Corstorphine home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Corstorphine.

Usual Internet habits Recommended 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 the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Corstorphine

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Corstorphine is 01806. If you call someone in Corstorphine, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Corstorphine call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask 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? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Corstorphine

People living in Corstorphine are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied 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 connects your Corstorphine home to the gas and electricity networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Corstorphine distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Corstorphine below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Corstorphine

The electricity distribution network operator for Corstorphine 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

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Corstorphine

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

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 begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Corstorphine

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Corstorphine, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Corstorphine.

Closest five municipalities to Corstorphine
Municipality Distance from Corstorphine
Haymarket -
Edinburgh 1.9 miles
Kirkliston 3.18 miles
South Queensferry 3.25 miles
Newbridge 3.36 miles