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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kennethmont

Are you moving and want to know more about Kennethmont? Our utilities guide to Kennethmont will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Kennethmont water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Kennethmont.

About Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire

Kennethmont AB54 has a population of 470 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Kennethmont?

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

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Kennethmont

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Kennethmont 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Scottish Water, by composing 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 want to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Kennethmont

Water bill in Kennethmont

Water rates in Kennethmont will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Kennethmont water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Kennethmont water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Kennethmont

Customers with a water meter at their Kennethmont home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Kennethmont home.

Unmetered Customers in Kennethmont

Customers who don't have a meter at their Kennethmont home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Kennethmont home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Kennethmont will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Kennethmont water rates would have been 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 your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Kennethmont may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Kennethmont water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Kennethmont bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Kennethmont?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kennethmont AB54, 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.

Kennethmont Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kennethmont

Is tap water in Kennethmont safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kennethmont come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kennethmont:

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

Is the water hard in Kennethmont

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 Kennethmont is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Kennethmont is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Kennethmont contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale 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 Kennethmont.

Kennethmont No Water

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

If there is no water at your Kennethmont home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Kennethmont.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Kennethmont water leak or flooding

Kennethmont water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kennethmont home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Kennethmont 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 problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. 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 Kennethmont taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Kennethmont 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 infuse the Kennethmont water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Kennethmont water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Kennethmont AB54

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Kennethmont home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Kennethmont with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Kennethmont Average Download Speed Kennethmont 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 Kennethmont. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Kennethmont.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Kennethmont is what's available. The majority of homes in Kennethmont can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Kennethmont?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Kennethmont
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds 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 Kennethmont homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Kennethmont.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Kennethmont.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Kennethmont broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Kennethmont. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Kennethmont. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Kennethmont Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Kennethmont also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Kennethmont home will be an important thing to consider.

Kennethmont broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Kennethmont broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Kennethmont.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Kennethmont ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Kennethmont?

The average speed of broadband in Kennethmont is:

Kennethmont Average Download Speed Kennethmont Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 boxes on your street in Kennethmont, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Kennethmont 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 speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Kennethmont.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband 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
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Kennethmont

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

How much does an 01806 Kennethmont call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Kennethmont

Residents of Kennethmont are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Kennethmont home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Kennethmont distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Kennethmont right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Kennethmont

The electricity distribution network operator for Kennethmont 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 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 Kennethmont

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

Fossil Fuels

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%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds 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, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Kennethmont

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Kennethmont, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Kennethmont.