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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Finnieston

If you just moved and have some questions about Finnieston? Our utilities guide to Finnieston is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Finnieston water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Finnieston.

About Finnieston, Glasgow

Finnieston G3 has a population of 8,989 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Finnieston?

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

How to reach your water provider in Finnieston

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Finnieston water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water phone number Scottish Water Emergency phone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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

Customers that would rather email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Finnieston

Water bill in Finnieston

Water rates in Finnieston will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Finnieston water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Finnieston water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Finnieston

Customers that have a water meter at their Finnieston house will pay an annual fixed 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 Finnieston home.

Unmetered Customers in Finnieston

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Finnieston home will pay 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 Finnieston home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Finnieston will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Finnieston water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Finnieston might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Finnieston water bill?

You will first 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 Finnieston bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Finnieston?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Finnieston G3, 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.

Finnieston Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Finnieston

Is the tap water in Finnieston safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Finnieston come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Finnieston:

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

How hard is the water in Finnieston

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Finnieston contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Finnieston.

Finnieston No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Finnieston 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 Finnieston.

If there is no water at your Finnieston home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Finnieston.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  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 often post incident 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.

Finnieston water leak or flooding

Finnieston water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Finnieston home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Finnieston property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Finnieston taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Finnieston 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 impermeate the Finnieston water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Finnieston 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 Speed in Finnieston G3

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Finnieston Average Download Speed Finnieston Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Finnieston. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Finnieston?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Finnieston.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Finnieston is what's available. Whilst many homes in Finnieston can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Finnieston?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Finnieston
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Finnieston homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Finnieston.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Finnieston.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Finnieston broadband cost

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Finnieston. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Finnieston. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Finnieston Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Finnieston should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Finnieston home is going to be important.

Finnieston broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Finnieston broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Finnieston.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Finnieston?

The average broadband speed in Finnieston is:

Finnieston Average Download Speed Finnieston Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Finnieston, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Finnieston property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Finnieston.

Frequent 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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Finnieston

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Finnieston is 01806. When making a call to someone in Finnieston, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Finnieston call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Finnieston

Residents in Finnieston are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Finnieston home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Finnieston distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Finnieston in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Finnieston

The electricity distribution network operator for Finnieston 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 Finnieston

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. 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 amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes 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, 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 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Finnieston

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Finnieston, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Finnieston.

Closest five municipalities to Finnieston
Municipality Distance from Finnieston
Garnethill 0.01 miles
Yorkhill 0.01 miles
Anderston 0.01 miles
Blythswood Hill 1.18 miles