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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Crimond

Are you moving and want to know more about Crimond? Our complete guide to utilities in Crimond will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Crimond water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Crimond.

About Crimond, Aberdeenshire

Crimond AB43 has a population of 851 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Crimond?

Crimond water services are supplied by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Crimond

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Crimond water account.

Below, you can find the principal 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, you have the choice of posting 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 can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Crimond

Water bill in Crimond

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

Metered Customers in Crimond

Customers with a water meter at their Crimond home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 are for the consumption at your Crimond home.

Unmetered Customers in Crimond

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Crimond home have 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 Crimond home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Crimond will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Crimond water prices were 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Crimond may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How do I pay my Crimond 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 Crimond bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer 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 Crimond?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Crimond AB43, 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.

Crimond Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Crimond

Is tap water in Crimond safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Crimond come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Crimond:

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

Is the water hard in Crimond

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 Crimond is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Crimond is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Crimond contains just trace amounts 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 means they should last longer.

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

Crimond No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Crimond home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Crimond.

If there is no water at your Crimond home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Crimond.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check 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 will often tweet 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.

Crimond water leak or flooding

Crimond water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Crimond home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Call Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Crimond taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Crimond water this could be because of 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 Crimond 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 Crimond 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 Crimond AB43

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Crimond 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 internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Crimond 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?

Crimond Average Download Speed Crimond Average Upload Speed
38.00 Mbps 8.00 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Crimond. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Crimond?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Crimond.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Crimond is the availability. The majority of homes in Crimond should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Crimond?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Crimond
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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 internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Crimond homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Crimond.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Crimond.
    • 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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Crimond broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Crimond. 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 small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Crimond. 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.

Crimond Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Crimond should also be considered, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Crimond home is something to think about.

Crimond broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Crimond broadband connection is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Crimond.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Crimond?

The average broadband speed in Crimond is:

Crimond Average Download Speed Crimond Average Upload Speed
38.00 Mbps 8.00 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 - 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Crimond, from which it is connected to your property 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 Crimond home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

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 pick for a broadband service in Crimond.

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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Crimond

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Crimond is 01806. If you call someone in Crimond, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Crimond call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your 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 Crimond

Residents of Crimond are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Crimond home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Crimond distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Crimond right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Crimond

The electricity distribution network operator for Crimond 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 Crimond

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

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%). 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, 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 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. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Crimond

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Crimond, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Crimond.

Closest five municipalities to Crimond
Municipality Distance from Crimond
Macduff 18.01 miles
Hatton 18.81 miles
St. Fergus 18.81 miles
Banff 22.03 miles
Ellon 22.24 miles