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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Middlefield

If you just moved and have some questions about Middlefield? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Middlefield will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Middlefield water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Middlefield.

About Middlefield, Aberdeenshire

Middlefield AB16 has a population of 5,032 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Middlefield?

Middlefield water services are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Middlefield

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

In the table below you will find the phone 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 send your request via 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Middlefield

Water bill in Middlefield

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

Metered Customers in Middlefield

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

Unmetered Customers in Middlefield

Customers without a meter at their Middlefield home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Middlefield home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Middlefield is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Middlefield water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Middlefield might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Middlefield water bill?

First of all, you will 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 Middlefield bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've 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 Middlefield?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Middlefield AB16, 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.

Middlefield Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Middlefield

Is tap water in Middlefield safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Middlefield. You can rest assured that Middlefield water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Middlefield water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Middlefield water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Middlefield come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Middlefield:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Middlefield

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 in Middlefield is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Middlefield is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Middlefield 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 means they should last longer.

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

Middlefield No Water

If you have no water in your Middlefield home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Middlefield.

If there is no water at your Middlefield 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 Middlefield.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Middlefield water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Middlefield property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, 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 Middlefield taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Middlefield water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Middlefield water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Middlefield water.

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

Internet in Middlefield AB16

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Middlefield 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?

Middlefield Average Download Speed Middlefield Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Middlefield. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Middlefield?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Middlefield.

Availability

The first thing to consider before picking a broadband provider in Middlefield is what's available. The majority of homes in Middlefield can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Middlefield?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Middlefield
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Middlefield homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Middlefield.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Middlefield.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Middlefield broadband price

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Middlefield. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Middlefield. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Middlefield Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Middlefield should also be considered, with many of us working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work 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 Middlefield home is something to think about.

Middlefield broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Middlefield internet connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Middlefield.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Middlefield?

The average speed of broadband in Middlefield is:

Middlefield Average Download Speed Middlefield Average Upload Speed
80.30 Mbps 24.70 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of 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 Middlefield, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Middlefield house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table to find out which speed you should take when getting connected in Middlefield.

Usual Internet habits 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 5 devices 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 travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone dialling code of Middlefield

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Middlefield is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Middlefield, 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 Middlefield call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before making the call 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Middlefield

People living in Middlefield are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Middlefield home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Middlefield distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Middlefield in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Middlefield

The electricity distribution network operator for Middlefield 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 Middlefield

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

Fossil Fuels

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%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Middlefield

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

Closest five municipalities to Middlefield
Municipality Distance from Middlefield
Northfield -
Mastrick -
Whiterashes 1.84 miles
Newmachar 1.84 miles