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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Cowcaddens

If you just moved and have some questions about Cowcaddens? Our utilities guide to Cowcaddens will explain in detail everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cowcaddens water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cowcaddens.

About Cowcaddens, Glasgow

Cowcaddens G4 is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Cowcaddens?

Cowcaddens water services are provided by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Cowcaddens

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Cowcaddens water problems.

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

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 must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Cowcaddens

Water bill in Cowcaddens

Water rates in Cowcaddens are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Cowcaddens water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Cowcaddens water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cowcaddens

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

Unmetered Customers in Cowcaddens

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cowcaddens is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Cowcaddens 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? 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 Cowcaddens could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Cowcaddens water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details with Scottish Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Cowcaddens bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Cowcaddens?

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

Cowcaddens Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cowcaddens

Is tap water in Cowcaddens safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cowcaddens come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cowcaddens:

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

How hard is the water in Cowcaddens

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 in Cowcaddens is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Cowcaddens is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Cowcaddens contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Cowcaddens No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Cowcaddens home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Cowcaddens.

If there is no water at your Cowcaddens home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Cowcaddens.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Cowcaddens water leak or flooding

Cowcaddens water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Cowcaddens 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 Cowcaddens property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 Cowcaddens taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Cowcaddens water this may be due 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 infuse the Cowcaddens water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Cowcaddens water.

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

Broadband Speed in Cowcaddens G4

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The speed of your internet connection at your Cowcaddens home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Cowcaddens with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cowcaddens Average Download Speed Cowcaddens Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Cowcaddens. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Cowcaddens?

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

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when picking a broadband provider in Cowcaddens is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Cowcaddens should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Cowcaddens?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Cowcaddens
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband 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.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Cowcaddens homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cowcaddens.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Cowcaddens.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Cowcaddens broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Cowcaddens. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Cowcaddens. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Cowcaddens Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cowcaddens must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Cowcaddens home will be an important thing to consider.

Cowcaddens broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Cowcaddens 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 a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Cowcaddens.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Cowcaddens ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Cowcaddens?

The average broadband speed in Cowcaddens is:

Cowcaddens Average Download Speed Cowcaddens Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 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 - 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Cowcaddens, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Cowcaddens property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Cowcaddens.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Cowcaddens

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

How much does an 01806 Cowcaddens call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, then the call cost will probably be included as part of 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, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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 in Cowcaddens

People living in Cowcaddens are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

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

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Cowcaddens distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Cowcaddens below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Cowcaddens

The electricity distribution network operator for Cowcaddens 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 six electricity distribution network operators in 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 Cowcaddens

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, 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

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Cowcaddens

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