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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Leith

If you just moved and have some questions about Leith? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Leith will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Leith water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Leith.

About Leith, Edinburgh

Leith EH6 has a population of 18,913 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Leith?

Leith water services are provided by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Leith

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many options to talk about your Leith water problems.

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
24/7/365
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Write to Scottish Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. 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
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 Leith

Water bill in Leith

Water rates in Leith depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Leith water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Leith water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Leith

Customers with a water meter at their Leith house will pay an annual fixed 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 Leith home.

Unmetered Customers in Leith

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

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Leith is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Leith 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Leith could be cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How do I pay my Leith 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Leith bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Leith?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Leith EH6, 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.

Leith Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Leith have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Leith

Is tap water in Leith safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Leith come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Leith:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Leith

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 Leith is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Leith is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Leith contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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 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 Leith.

Leith No Water

If you have no water in your Leith 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 Leith.

If there is no water at your Leith 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 Leith.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Leith water leak or flooding

Leith water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Leith 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 Leith property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Scottish Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Leith taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Leith 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 Leith water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Leith 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 Leith EH6

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The broadband speed you get at your Leith home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Leith 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?

Leith Average Download Speed Leith Average Upload Speed
70.40 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Leith. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection currently available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. Worry not, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Leith.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Leith is the availability. Most homes in Leith should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Leith?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Leith
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Leith homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Leith.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Leith.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Leith broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Leith. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Leith. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Leith Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Leith must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Leith home will be an important thing to consider.

Leith broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Leith broadband internet is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Leith.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Leith ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Leith?

The average broadband speed in Leith is:

Leith Average Download Speed Leith Average Upload Speed
70.40 Mbps 13.40 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Leith, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Leith property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

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 the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Leith.

Main internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Leith

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Leith is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Leith, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Leith call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling 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 Leith

Residents in Leith can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Leith home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Leith distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Leith below.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Leith

The electricity distribution network operator for Leith 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
Email customercare@spenergynetworks.com
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
Glasgow

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 Leith

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

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 percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Leith

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Leith, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Leith.

Closest five municipalities to Leith
Municipality Distance from Leith
Restalrig 1.3 miles
Craigentinny 1.3 miles
West End 1.37 miles
Fountainbridge 1.37 miles