Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Hillhead
If you just moved and have some questions about Hillhead? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Hillhead is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Hillhead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Hillhead.
About Hillhead, Glasgow
Hillhead G12 has a population of 150 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.
Who supplies my water in Hillhead?
How to reach your water provider in Hillhead
Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many options to talk about your Hillhead water issues.
Below, you can find the principal telephone numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Scottish Water phone number||Scottish Water Emergency phone number|
|0800 077 8778||0800 077 8778|
Moving to Hillhead?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
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 submit your request on 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
If you would like to email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:
|Scottish Water Email Address|
Price of water in Hillhead
Water rates in Hillhead depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Hillhead water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Hillhead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Hillhead
Customers with a water meter at their Hillhead 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 are for the consumption at your Hillhead home.
Unmetered Customers in Hillhead
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Hillhead home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Hillhead home.
As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Hillhead will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Hillhead water prices were 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, having a water meter installed at your Hillhead may save you money.
Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by having a meter installed.
How do I pay my Hillhead water bill?
First of all, you will need to 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
You may be able to choose how often you pay your Hillhead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.
Can I switch the water supplier in Hillhead?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Hillhead G12, 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.
Hillhead Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Hillhead have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Hillhead
Is tap water in Hillhead safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Hillhead. You can rest assured that Hillhead water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Hillhead water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Hillhead water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Hillhead come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Hillhead:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Hillhead
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 Hillhead is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Hillhead is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water being supplied to your home in Hillhead contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.
You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Hillhead.
Hillhead No Water
If you have no water in your Hillhead home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Hillhead.
If there is no water at your Hillhead home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Hillhead.
If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Hillhead water leak or flooding
Hillhead water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Hillhead home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Hillhead property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Ring Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
- If you can access the internet from your location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.
Why does the water in Hillhead taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Hillhead water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Hillhead water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Hillhead water.
If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water on the contact details above.
Internet in Hillhead G12
The broadband speed you get at your Hillhead home is dependant upon several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Placement of your router
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Which provider you have
Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Hillhead with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Hillhead Average Download Speed||Hillhead Average Upload Speed|
|83.60 Mbps||13.80 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Hillhead?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Hillhead. 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 UK households.
The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection currently available.
Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Hillhead?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Hillhead.
The first point to bear in mind before choosing an internet provider in Hillhead is the availability. Most homes in Hillhead should be able to enjoy 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 may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Hillhead?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Hillhead
- We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's 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 provided via your phone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- High availability with for 99.9% of Hillhead homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Availability can be limited in some parts of Hillhead.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Hillhead?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Hillhead broadband price
You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Hillhead. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a internet connection in Hillhead. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Hillhead Broadband Reliability
The reliability of broadband in Hillhead must 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 keep up to date with work your work is really important.
Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Hillhead home is going to be important.
Hillhead broadband technical support
Our final tip, the customer support of your Hillhead broadband connection is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Hillhead.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Hillhead ask about their broadband.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is the broadband in Hillhead?
The average broadband speed in Hillhead is:
|Hillhead Average Download Speed||Hillhead Average Upload Speed|
|83.60 Mbps||13.80 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
Put simply, 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 further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
- Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is 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 Hillhead, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Hillhead property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .
What broadband speed do I need?
That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Hillhead.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Download Speed||2 devices or less|
|2 devices or less||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming||50-100 Mbps Broadband|
|More than 5 devices||All the above plus 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the telephone area code for Hillhead
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Hillhead is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Hillhead, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 01806 Hillhead call cost?
If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.
How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Hillhead
Residents of Hillhead can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.
These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Hillhead home to the gas and electricity networks.
More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Hillhead distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Hillhead right here.
Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Hillhead
The electricity distribution network operator for Hillhead 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|
|Address||Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Hillhead?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to do your bit for the environment.
Power Generation near Hillhead
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Hillhead.
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%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
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 begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.
Towns and Cities Near Hillhead
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Hillhead, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Hillhead.