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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Granton

If you've moved and have questions about Granton? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Granton will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Granton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Granton.

About Granton, Edinburgh

Granton EH5 has a population of 5,561 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Granton?

Granton water utilities 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 Granton

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to talk about your Granton water problems.

In the table below we have listed the main phone 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, by composing 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

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

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Granton

Water bill in Granton

Water rates in Granton are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Granton water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Granton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Granton

Customers with a water meter at their Granton house will pay an annual fixed 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 Granton home.

Unmetered Customers in Granton

Customers without a meter at their Granton 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 Granton home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Granton is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Granton water rates would have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Granton could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Granton water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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 Granton bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 Granton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Granton EH5, 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.

Granton Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Granton

Is water from the tap in Granton safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Granton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Granton:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Granton

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Granton contains just trace amounts 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. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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

Granton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Granton home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Granton.

If there is no water at your Granton home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Granton.

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

  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. 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.

Granton water leak or flooding

Granton water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Granton 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 Granton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call 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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Granton taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Granton water this may be due 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 impermeate the Granton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Granton water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Internet in Granton EH5

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The speed of your internet connection at your Granton home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Granton 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?

Granton Average Download Speed Granton Average Upload Speed
70.40 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Granton. 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 some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one currently available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Granton?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Granton.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Granton is the issue of availability. Most homes in Granton should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get 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 Granton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Granton
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads 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.
    • Available to 99.9% of Granton homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Granton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Granton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Granton broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Granton. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Granton. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Granton Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Granton also needs consideration, with many of us 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.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows that without a reliable internet connection for your Granton home will be an important thing to consider.

Granton broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Granton broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when selecting an internet provider in Granton.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Granton?

The average internet speed in Granton is:

Granton Average Download Speed Granton Average Upload Speed
70.40 Mbps 13.40 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed 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 Granton, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Granton property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should take for a broadband service in Granton.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data 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 Granton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Granton is 01806. If you call someone in Granton, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Granton call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Granton

Residents in Granton can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Granton home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Granton distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Granton below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Granton

The electricity distribution network operator for Granton 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 Granton

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Granton

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Granton, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Granton.

Closest five municipalities to Granton
Municipality Distance from Granton
Comely Bank 1.45 miles
Barnton 1.45 miles
Cramond 1.45 miles
West End 1.53 miles