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A Complete Guide to Utilities in George Street

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

About George Street, Aberdeenshire

George Street AB25 is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in George Street?

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

How to reach your water provider in George Street

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many options to discuss your George Street water account.

In the table below you will find the 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in George Street

Water bill in George Street

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

Metered Customers in George Street

Customers who have a water meter installed at their George Street house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your George Street home.

Unmetered Customers in George Street

Customers without a meter at their George Street 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 George Street home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in George Street is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your George Street water rates will 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 you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your George Street may save you money.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How do I pay my George Street water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your George Street bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 George Street?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in George Street AB25, 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.

George Street Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in George Street

Is the tap water in George Street safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in George Street come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply George Street:

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

How hard is the water in George Street

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in George Street contains just trace amounts 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 George Street.

George Street No Water

If you have no water in your George Street 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 George Street.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of 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. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

George Street water leak or flooding

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

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in George Street taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your George Street 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 affect it by infusing your George Street water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to George Street water.

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

Broadband in George Street AB25

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The speed of your broadband connection at your George Street 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're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in George Street with our quick and easy to use internet speed test tool.

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

George Street Average Download Speed George Street Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in George Street. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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 some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in George Street?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in George Street.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in George Street is the availability. Whilst many homes in George Street should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in George Street?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in George Street
    • 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 connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of George Street homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of George Street.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in George Street.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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George Street broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in George Street. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in George Street. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

George Street Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in George Street should also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your George Street home is something to think about.

George Street broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your George Street broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in George Street.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in George Street have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in George Street?

The average broadband speed in George Street is:

George Street Average Download Speed George Street Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 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 - 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 is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in George Street, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your George Street home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in George Street.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 signals travel further, 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 George Street

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

How much does an 01806 George Street call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

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

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in George Street

Residents in George Street are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, 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 these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your George Street home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the George Street distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers George Street right here.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for George Street

The electricity distribution network operator for George Street is SGN. You can find the SGN contact details in the table below:

SGN Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 912 1700
Emergencies 0800 111 999
Email customer@sgn.co.uk
Website https://www.sgn.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

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 George Street

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

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 wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By George Street

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

Closest five municipalities to George Street
Municipality Distance from George Street
Mannofield 0.87 miles
Aberdeen city centre 0.87 miles
Torry 1.03 miles