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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Darnley

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

About Darnley, Glasgow

Darnley G53 has a population of 8,203 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Darnley?

Darnley water services are provided by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Darnley

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

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Darnley

Water bill in Darnley

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

Metered Customers in Darnley

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

Unmetered Customers in Darnley

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Darnley home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Darnley home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Darnley is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Darnley water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Darnley may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Darnley 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Darnley bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Darnley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Darnley G53, 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.

Darnley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Darnley

Is water from the tap in Darnley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Darnley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Darnley:

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

Is the water hard in Darnley

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 rating for water hardness in Darnley is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Darnley is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Darnley 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 which extends their lifespan.

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

Darnley No Water

If you have no water in your Darnley home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Darnley.

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

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. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Darnley water leak or flooding

Darnley water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Darnley home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Darnley property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean 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 Darnley taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Darnley water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Darnley 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 Darnley water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Darnley G53

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Darnley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Darnley Average Download Speed Darnley Average Upload Speed
98.90 Mbps 20.20 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Darnley. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Darnley?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Darnley.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Darnley is the availability. Whilst many homes in Darnley should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband 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 should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Darnley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Darnley
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Darnley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Darnley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Darnley.
    • 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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Darnley broadband price

Darnley broadband bill

Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Darnley. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Darnley. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Darnley Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Darnley must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Darnley home is going to be important.

Darnley broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Darnley broadband internet is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Darnley.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Darnley?

The average speed of broadband in Darnley is:

Darnley Average Download Speed Darnley Average Upload Speed
98.90 Mbps 20.20 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Darnley, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Darnley house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Darnley.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Darnley

Corded telephone area code Darnley

The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Darnley is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Darnley, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Darnley call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Darnley

People living in Darnley can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Darnley home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Darnley distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Darnley right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Darnley

The electricity distribution network operator for Darnley 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 Darnley

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

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%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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 are scheduled for closure, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Darnley

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Darnley, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Darnley.

Closest five municipalities to Darnley
Municipality Distance from Darnley
Pollok 0.01 miles
Cardonald 1.63 miles
Hillington 1.63 miles
Penilee 1.63 miles
Pollokshaws 1.75 miles