A Complete Guide to Utilities in Kennishead
If you've moved and have questions about Kennishead? Our utilities guide to Kennishead will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Kennishead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Kennishead.
About Kennishead, East Renfrewshire
Kennishead G46 is located in the county of East Renfrewshire. East Renfrewshire has a population of 95,170 people.
Who supplies my water in Kennishead?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Kennishead
Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Kennishead water account.
In the table below we have listed the main contact 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 Kennishead?
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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 send your request via 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 want to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:
|Scottish Water Email Address|
Water rates in Kennishead
Water rates in Kennishead will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Kennishead water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Kennishead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Kennishead
Customers who have a water meter installed at their Kennishead house will pay an annual fixed 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 cover the consumption at your Kennishead home.
Unmetered Customers in Kennishead
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Kennishead home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Kennishead home.
As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Kennishead will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Kennishead 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?
It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, getting a water meter for your Kennishead may save you money.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.
How do I pay my Kennishead water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. After you've registered with Scottish Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:
- Direct Debit
- Online payments
- Pay over the phone
- Bank transfer
- Payment by cheque
- Payment card
It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Kennishead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.
Can I switch the water supplier in Kennishead?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kennishead G46, 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.
Kennishead Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Kennishead have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kennishead
Is tap water in Kennishead safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Kennishead. You can rest assured that Kennishead water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Kennishead 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 Kennishead water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Kennishead come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Kennishead:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
How hard is the water in Kennishead
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 Kennishead is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Kennishead is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Kennishead contains a minimal level 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.
You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Kennishead.
Kennishead No Water
If you don't have any running water in your Kennishead home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Kennishead.
If there is no water at your Kennishead home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Kennishead.
If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
- Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Kennishead water leak or flooding
Kennishead water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Kennishead 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 Kennishead property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:
- Ring Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Kennishead taste strange?
If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Kennishead water this may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Kennishead water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Kennishead water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.
Broadband in Kennishead G46
The broadband speed you get at your Kennishead home depends on 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 broadband provider
Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Kennishead with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Kennishead Average Download Speed||Kennishead Average Upload Speed|
|72.70 Mbps||14.20 Mbps|
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Kennishead. 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 parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.
What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Kennishead?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Kennishead.
The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Kennishead is what's available. Whilst many homes in Kennishead should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.
Although, homes that have been built in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.
Type of connection
What kinds of internet connection are available in Kennishead?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Kennishead
- We can split fibre connections 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 has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Kennishead homes.
- A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
- Only available with Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Kennishead.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
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Kennishead broadband value for money
You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Kennishead. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Kennishead. 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.
Kennishead Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Kennishead also needs consideration, with so many people that work 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.
The times when we're not working we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Kennishead home is something to think about.
Kennishead broadband technical support
Lastly, the technical support for your Kennishead internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Kennishead.
In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Kennishead have about their internet connection.
Is the internet fast in Kennishead?
The average internet speed in Kennishead is:
|Kennishead Average Download Speed||Kennishead Average Upload Speed|
|72.70 Mbps||14.20 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 - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
- 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 Kennishead, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Kennishead house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .
What speed internet is best for me?
That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should choose when getting connected in Kennishead.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Download Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll the above, plus 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 does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.
What's the landline area code in Kennishead
The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Kennishead is 01806. If you call someone in Kennishead, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.
How much does an 01806 Kennishead call cost?
If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.
How many different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity Supply in Kennishead
Residents in Kennishead are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.
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 Kennishead home to the electricity grid and gas networks.
Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Kennishead distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Kennishead right here.
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 Kennishead
The electricity distribution network operator for Kennishead 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
There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Kennishead
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Kennishead.
In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.
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. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Kennishead
You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Kennishead, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Kennishead.