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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Fairmilehead

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

About Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Fairmilehead EH10 has a population of 4,993 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Fairmilehead?

Fairmilehead water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Fairmilehead

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many options to discuss your Fairmilehead water account.

Below, you can find the principal 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 write to Scottish Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Fairmilehead

Water bill in Fairmilehead

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

Metered Customers in Fairmilehead

Customers with a water meter at their Fairmilehead 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 cover the consumption at your Fairmilehead home.

Unmetered Customers in Fairmilehead

Customers who don't have a meter at their Fairmilehead home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Fairmilehead home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Fairmilehead is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Fairmilehead water rates will 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Fairmilehead might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How do I pay my Fairmilehead water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. After you've registered 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 Fairmilehead bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Fairmilehead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Fairmilehead EH10, 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.

Fairmilehead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Fairmilehead

Is the tap water in Fairmilehead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Fairmilehead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Fairmilehead:

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

Is the water hard in Fairmilehead

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 Fairmilehead is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Fairmilehead is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Fairmilehead contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which means they should last longer.

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

Fairmilehead No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Fairmilehead home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Fairmilehead.

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

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

  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. Have a look at the Twitter account for 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Fairmilehead water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Fairmilehead property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Scottish Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Fairmilehead taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Fairmilehead water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Fairmilehead 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 Fairmilehead water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Fairmilehead EH10

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The broadband speed you get at your Fairmilehead home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Fairmilehead Average Download Speed Fairmilehead Average Upload Speed
83.80 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Fairmilehead. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Fairmilehead.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Fairmilehead is the availability. The majority of homes in Fairmilehead should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Fairmilehead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Fairmilehead
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Fairmilehead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Fairmilehead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Fairmilehead.
    • 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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Fairmilehead broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Fairmilehead. There are many providers offering a low cost deal 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 commit to a broadband connection in Fairmilehead. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Fairmilehead Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Fairmilehead also needs consideration, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Fairmilehead home is something to think about.

Fairmilehead broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Fairmilehead internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Fairmilehead.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

How fast is the broadband in Fairmilehead?

The average internet speed in Fairmilehead is:

Fairmilehead Average Download Speed Fairmilehead Average Upload Speed
83.80 Mbps 14.70 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 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 Fairmilehead, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Fairmilehead property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Fairmilehead.

Main internet uses Recommended Download 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Fairmilehead

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Fairmilehead is 01806. If you call someone in Fairmilehead, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Fairmilehead call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Fairmilehead

Residents of Fairmilehead can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied 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 Fairmilehead home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Fairmilehead distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Fairmilehead in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Fairmilehead

The electricity distribution network operator for Fairmilehead 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

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 Fairmilehead

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

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%). In addition, 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 electricity was generated by nuclear reactors 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Fairmilehead

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Fairmilehead, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Fairmilehead.

Closest five municipalities to Fairmilehead
Municipality Distance from Fairmilehead
Sighthill 0.17 miles
Stenhouse 0.17 miles
Slateford 1.11 miles
Longstone 1.11 miles
Balerno 1.11 miles