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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Duntocher

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

About Duntocher, West Dunbartonshire

Duntocher G81 has a population of 6,850 and is located in the county of West Dunbartonshire. West Dunbartonshire has a population of 89,130 people.

Who supplies my water in Duntocher?

Duntocher water services are supplied by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Duntocher

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Duntocher water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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 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 want to email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Duntocher

Water bill in Duntocher

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

Metered Customers in Duntocher

Customers that have a water meter at their Duntocher home will pay a fixed annual charge, 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 are for the consumption at your Duntocher home.

Unmetered Customers in Duntocher

Customers without a meter at their Duntocher home will pay 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 Duntocher home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Duntocher is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Duntocher 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Duntocher could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Duntocher water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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 Duntocher bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 Duntocher?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Duntocher G81, 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.

Duntocher Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Duntocher

Is tap water in Duntocher safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Duntocher come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Duntocher:

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

Is the water hard in Duntocher

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 Duntocher is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Duntocher is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Duntocher contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Duntocher No Water

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

If there is no water at your Duntocher 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 Duntocher.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Duntocher water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, 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 Duntocher taste strange?

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

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Duntocher G81

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The broadband speed you get at your Duntocher home can vary depending on 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
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Duntocher Average Download Speed Duntocher Average Upload Speed
92.40 Mbps 14.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Duntocher. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Duntocher.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Duntocher is the availability. The majority of homes in Duntocher should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Duntocher?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Duntocher
    • 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 can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Duntocher 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 Duntocher.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Duntocher.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Duntocher broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Duntocher. There are many providers 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 internet connection in Duntocher. 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.

Duntocher Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Duntocher should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Duntocher home is something to think about.

Duntocher broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Duntocher broadband connection is really important. There's a good chance you will 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 can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Duntocher.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Duntocher have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Duntocher?

The average broadband speed in Duntocher is:

Duntocher Average Download Speed Duntocher Average Upload Speed
92.40 Mbps 14.20 Mbps

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

In simple terms, 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 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Duntocher, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Duntocher property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 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 to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Duntocher.

Main internet uses 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
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 has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Duntocher

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Duntocher is 01806. When making a call to someone in Duntocher, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Duntocher call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small 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 you make the call 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. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Duntocher

Residents of Duntocher can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local 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 Duntocher home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Duntocher distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Duntocher below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Duntocher

The electricity distribution network operator for Duntocher 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 Duntocher

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 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 will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Duntocher

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

Closest five municipalities to Duntocher
Municipality Distance from Duntocher
Faifley -
Dalmuir -
Drumchapel 1.47 miles
Inchinnan 1.58 miles
Renfrew 1.58 miles