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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Govanhill

Are you moving and want to know more about Govanhill? Our complete guide to utilities in Govanhill will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Govanhill water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Govanhill.

About Govanhill, Glasgow

Govanhill G42 has a population of 14,412 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Govanhill?

Govanhill 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 Govanhill

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Govanhill 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

You can also write to Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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

If you would like to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Govanhill

Water bill in Govanhill

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

Metered Customers in Govanhill

Customers with a water meter at their Govanhill home will pay a fixed annual 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 Govanhill home.

Unmetered Customers in Govanhill

Customers who don't have a meter at their Govanhill 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 Govanhill home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Govanhill will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Govanhill 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Govanhill could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Govanhill water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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 Govanhill 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 Govanhill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Govanhill G42, 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.

Govanhill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Govanhill

Is the tap water in Govanhill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Govanhill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Govanhill:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Govanhill

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Govanhill contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. 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 Govanhill.

Govanhill No Water

If you have no water in your Govanhill home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Govanhill.

If there is no water at your Govanhill home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Govanhill.

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

  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. 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.

Govanhill water leak or flooding

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

  1. Call Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Govanhill taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Govanhill water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Govanhill water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Internet in Govanhill G42

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Govanhill 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 broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average internet speed in Govanhill 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?

Govanhill Average Download Speed Govanhill Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Govanhill. 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.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Govanhill.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Govanhill is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Govanhill should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to 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 Govanhill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Govanhill
    • 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 connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Govanhill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Govanhill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Govanhill.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Govanhill broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Govanhill. You will see many broadband providers are 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 Govanhill. 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.

Govanhill Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Govanhill also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Govanhill home is something to think about.

Govanhill broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Govanhill internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Govanhill.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Govanhill ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Govanhill?

The average broadband speed in Govanhill is:

Govanhill Average Download Speed Govanhill Average Upload Speed
78.70 Mbps 35.20 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Govanhill, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Govanhill home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Govanhill.

Usual Internet habits 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 travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Govanhill

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Govanhill is 01806. When making a call to someone in Govanhill, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Govanhill 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 you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Govanhill

Residents of Govanhill are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, 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 they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Govanhill home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Govanhill distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Govanhill below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Govanhill

The electricity distribution network operator for Govanhill 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 Govanhill

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage 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 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 solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Govanhill

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Govanhill, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Govanhill.

Closest five municipalities to Govanhill
Municipality Distance from Govanhill
Mount Florida 0.01 miles
Strathbungo East 0.01 miles
Cathcart 0.95 miles
Netherlee 0.95 miles
Muirend 0.95 miles