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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cowlairs

Are you moving and want to know more about Cowlairs? Our complete guide to utilities in Cowlairs is going to provide you with everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cowlairs water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cowlairs.

About Cowlairs, Glasgow

Cowlairs G21 has a population of 4,318 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Cowlairs?

Cowlairs water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Cowlairs

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Cowlairs water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water contact number Scottish Water Emergency contact 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.

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 should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Cowlairs

Water bill in Cowlairs

Water rates in Cowlairs depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Cowlairs water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Cowlairs water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cowlairs

Customers that have a water meter at their Cowlairs property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Cowlairs home.

Unmetered Customers in Cowlairs

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cowlairs home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Cowlairs home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cowlairs is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Cowlairs water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Cowlairs 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 Cowlairs water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details with Scottish Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, 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 Cowlairs bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 Cowlairs?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cowlairs G21, 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.

Cowlairs Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cowlairs

Is tap water in Cowlairs safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cowlairs come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cowlairs:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Cowlairs

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 Cowlairs is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Cowlairs is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

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

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Cowlairs.

Cowlairs No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Cowlairs home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Cowlairs.

If there is no water at your Cowlairs home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Cowlairs.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  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. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Cowlairs water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Cowlairs property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call 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 Cowlairs taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Cowlairs 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 Cowlairs water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Cowlairs water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Cowlairs G21

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The speed of your internet connection at your Cowlairs home is dependant upon several factors such as:

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

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Cowlairs with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Cowlairs Average Download Speed Cowlairs Average Upload Speed
104.00 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Cowlairs. 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 households in the UK.

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

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Cowlairs?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Cowlairs.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Cowlairs is the availability. Whilst many homes in Cowlairs should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Cowlairs?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Cowlairs
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads 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 Cowlairs homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cowlairs.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Cowlairs.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cowlairs broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Cowlairs. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet connection in Cowlairs. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Cowlairs Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cowlairs also needs consideration, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Cowlairs home is going to be important.

Cowlairs broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Cowlairs broadband connection is really important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Cowlairs.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Cowlairs have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Cowlairs?

The average internet speed in Cowlairs is:

Cowlairs Average Download Speed Cowlairs Average Upload Speed
104.00 Mbps 14.70 Mbps

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

Put simply, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Cowlairs, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Cowlairs home. 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. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Cowlairs.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Cowlairs

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Cowlairs is 01806. When making a call to someone in Cowlairs, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Cowlairs call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should 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 uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Cowlairs

People living in Cowlairs can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local 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 Cowlairs home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Cowlairs

The electricity distribution network operator for Cowlairs 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 Cowlairs

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. 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, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Cowlairs

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Cowlairs, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Cowlairs.

Closest five municipalities to Cowlairs
Municipality Distance from Cowlairs
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Springburn -