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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Currie

If you've moved and have questions about Currie? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Currie will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Currie water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Currie.

About Currie, Edinburgh

Currie EH14 has a population of 8,247 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Currie?

Currie water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Currie

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Currie water account.

In the table below you will find the contact 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 write to Scottish Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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

If you would like to email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Currie

Water bill in Currie

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

Metered Customers in Currie

Customers that have a water meter at their Currie 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Currie home.

Unmetered Customers in Currie

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Currie will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Currie 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Currie may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Currie 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Currie bill. While some customers like an 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Currie?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Currie EH14, 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.

Currie Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Currie have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Currie

Is the tap water in Currie safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Currie come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Currie:

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

How hard is the water in Currie

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 Currie is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Currie is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Currie contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Currie No Water

If you have no water in your Currie home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Currie.

If there is no water at your Currie 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 Currie.

If there is 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 explanations as to 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. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Currie water leak or flooding

Currie water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Currie 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 Currie 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, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Currie taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Currie water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Currie water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Currie water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Currie EH14

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Currie with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Currie Average Download Speed Currie Average Upload Speed
118.90 Mbps 22.30 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Currie. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Currie?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Currie.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Currie is the issue of availability. Most homes in Currie should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Currie?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Currie
    • 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 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.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Currie homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Currie.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Currie.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Currie broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Currie. 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. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Currie. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Currie Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Currie also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Currie home is something to think about.

Currie broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Currie internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Currie.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Currie?

The average speed of broadband in Currie is:

Currie Average Download Speed Currie Average Upload Speed
118.90 Mbps 22.30 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • 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 Currie, from which it is connected to your property 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 Currie home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Currie.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Currie

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Currie is 01806. When making a call to someone in Currie, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Currie call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Currie

People living in Currie are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

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

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Currie

The electricity distribution network operator for Currie 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 Currie

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Currie

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Currie, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Currie.

Closest five municipalities to Currie
Municipality Distance from Currie
Longstone 0.01 miles
Balerno 0.01 miles
Juniper Green 0.01 miles
Wester Hailes 0.01 miles
Gorgie 0.95 miles