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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Insch

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

About Insch, Aberdeenshire

Insch AB52 has a population of 2,282 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Insch?

Insch water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Insch

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Insch water problems.

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water telephone number Scottish Water Emergency telephone 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, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Scottish Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 want to email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Insch

Water bill in Insch

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

Metered Customers in Insch

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Insch property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Insch home.

Unmetered Customers in Insch

Customers without a meter at their Insch home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Insch home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Insch is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Insch 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? 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 Insch might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Insch water bill?

You will first 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Insch bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Insch?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Insch AB52, 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.

Insch Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Insch

Is the tap water in Insch safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Insch come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Insch:

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

Is the water hard in Insch

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 Insch is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Insch is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Insch contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Insch.

Insch No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Insch home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Insch.

If there is no water at your Insch 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 Insch.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Insch water leak or flooding

Insch water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Insch home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Insch 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 issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, 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 Insch taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Insch 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 Insch water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Insch 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.

Broadband Speed in Insch AB52

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The broadband speed you get at your Insch home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Insch with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Insch Average Download Speed Insch Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Insch. 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 homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What should you consider when picking a broadband provider in Insch?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Insch.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind whilst picking a broadband provider in Insch is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Insch should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Insch?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Insch
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet 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.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Insch homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Insch.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Insch.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • 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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Insch broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Insch. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Insch. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Insch Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Insch also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Insch home will be an important thing to consider.

Insch broadband customer service

Lastly, the customer service of your Insch internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Insch.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Insch have about their internet connection.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Insch?

The average speed of broadband in Insch is:

Insch Average Download Speed Insch Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Insch, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Insch home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. 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 rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Insch.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Insch

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Insch is 01464. If you call someone in Insch, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01464 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01464 Insch call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling 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 Supply in Insch

People living in Insch can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the network operator for the region.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Insch distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Insch in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Insch

The electricity distribution network operator for Insch 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

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 Insch

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

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 produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Insch

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Insch, we've found the five closest municipalities to Insch.

Closest five municipalities to Insch
Municipality Distance from Insch
Inverurie 9.88 miles
Turriff 15.88 miles
Rothiemay 16.18 miles
Rhynie 16.18 miles
Lumsden 16.18 miles