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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Kinellar

If you just moved and have some questions about Kinellar? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Kinellar is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Kinellar water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Kinellar.

About Kinellar, Aberdeenshire

Kinellar AB21 is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Kinellar?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Kinellar

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many options to talk about your Kinellar water issues.

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
24/7/365
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Write to Scottish Water

You can also write to Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Kinellar

Water bill in Kinellar

Water rates in Kinellar will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Kinellar water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Kinellar water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Kinellar

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Kinellar house will pay an annual fixed 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Kinellar home.

Unmetered Customers in Kinellar

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Kinellar home have 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 Kinellar home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Kinellar is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Kinellar 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Kinellar may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Kinellar water bill?

First, you must sign up and 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Kinellar bill. While some customers like an annual payment, 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Kinellar?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Kinellar AB21, 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.

Kinellar Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Kinellar

Is water from the tap in Kinellar safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Kinellar come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Kinellar:

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

How hard is the water in Kinellar

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Kinellar 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.

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

Kinellar No Water

If you have no water in your Kinellar 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 Kinellar.

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

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine 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. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Kinellar water leak or flooding

Kinellar water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Kinellar 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 Kinellar property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  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 Kinellar taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Kinellar water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Kinellar water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Kinellar water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Kinellar AB21

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Kinellar 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?

Kinellar Average Download Speed Kinellar Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Kinellar. 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 it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Kinellar?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Kinellar.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Kinellar is what's available. Whilst many homes in Kinellar can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Kinellar?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Kinellar
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Kinellar homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Kinellar.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Kinellar.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Kinellar broadband price

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Kinellar. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. You should always look in the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Kinellar. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Kinellar Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Kinellar also needs consideration, with so many people that work 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 streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Kinellar home is going to be important.

Kinellar broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Kinellar internet connection is really important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when you choose a broadband provider in Kinellar.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Kinellar have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Kinellar?

The average broadband speed in Kinellar is:

Kinellar Average Download Speed Kinellar Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 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 - 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 is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Kinellar, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Kinellar home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Kinellar.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices All the above and 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Kinellar

Corded telephone area code Kinellar

The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Kinellar is 01806. If you call someone in Kinellar, 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 Kinellar call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

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

How many different area codes are there in the UK? 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 Supply in Kinellar

Residents in Kinellar are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Kinellar home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Kinellar distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Kinellar right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Kinellar

The electricity distribution network operator for Kinellar 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Kinellar

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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 are scheduled for closure, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Kinellar

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Kinellar, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Kinellar.