A Complete Guide to Utilities in Milltimber
If you've moved and have questions about Milltimber? Our utilities guide to Milltimber will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Milltimber water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Milltimber.
About Milltimber, Aberdeenshire
Milltimber AB13 has a population of 2,560 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.
Who supplies my water in Milltimber?
How to reach your water provider in Milltimber
Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Milltimber water account.
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|
Moving to Milltimber?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Write to Scottish Water
You can also get in touch with Scottish Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:
|Scottish Water Email Address|
Cost of water in Milltimber
Water rates in Milltimber will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Milltimber water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Milltimber water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Milltimber
Customers with a water meter at their Milltimber 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 cover the consumption at your Milltimber home.
Unmetered Customers in Milltimber
Customers that don't have a water meter at their Milltimber home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Milltimber home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Milltimber is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Milltimber water rates will 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 you are single, or have a small family, installing a water meter at your Milltimber may save you money.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.
How do I pay my Milltimber water bill?
First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account 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 Milltimber bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Milltimber?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Milltimber AB13, 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.
Milltimber Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Milltimber have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Milltimber
Is water from the tap in Milltimber safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Milltimber. You can rest assured that Milltimber water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Milltimber 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 Milltimber water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Milltimber come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Milltimber:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Milltimber
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 Milltimber is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Milltimber is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The water supply to your home in Milltimber 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 Milltimber.
Milltimber No Water
If you have no water in your Milltimber home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Milltimber.
If there is no water at your Milltimber home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Milltimber.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:
- Check 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, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
- Check that your stop tap is open.
Milltimber water leak or flooding
Milltimber water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Milltimber home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Milltimber property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Contact Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Milltimber taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Milltimber water this could be down to one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
- Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Milltimber water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
- Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Milltimber water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.
Broadband in Milltimber AB13
The speed of your broadband connection at your Milltimber home depends on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- Distance from the telephone exchange
- Where you've placed your router
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your broadband provider
Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Milltimber with our fast and simple speed test.
Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?
|Milltimber Average Download Speed||Milltimber Average Upload Speed|
|88.00 Mbps||36.80 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Milltimber?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Milltimber. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.
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 Milltimber?
In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Milltimber.
The first point to bear in mind whilst choosing an internet provider in Milltimber is what's available. Most homes in Milltimber can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.
However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.
Type of connection
What kinds of internet connection are available in Milltimber?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest available internet connection in Milltimber
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
- ADSL or ADSL2
- An older type of internet connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Milltimber homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Can only choose Virgin Media.
- Limited availability in some parts of Milltimber.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Milltimber?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Milltimber broadband value for money
You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Milltimber. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially 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 connection in Milltimber. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Milltimber Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Milltimber must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work 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 Milltimber home is something to think about.
Milltimber broadband technical support
Our final tip, the customer support of your Milltimber broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Milltimber.[YAML_telecoms_alldeals_intext_cta1]
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Milltimber ask about their broadband.
What's the average broadband speed in Milltimber?
The average internet speed in Milltimber is:
|Milltimber Average Download Speed||Milltimber Average Upload Speed|
|88.00 Mbps||36.80 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
Put simply, these are the different kinds of internet connection.
- 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
- FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Milltimber, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Milltimber home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .
How fast internet should my internet be?
It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Milltimber.
|Main internet uses||Recommended Broadband 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|
|More than 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.
What's the landline area code in Milltimber
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Milltimber is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Milltimber, 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 Milltimber call cost?
If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.
How many telephone 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 in Milltimber
Residents in Milltimber are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.
These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Milltimber home to the gas network and electricity grid.
More often than not you won't need to speak to the Milltimber distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Milltimber 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 for Milltimber
The electricity distribution network operator for Milltimber 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|
|Address||Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Milltimber?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to do your bit for the environment.
Power Generation near Milltimber
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Milltimber.
In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.
16.1% of the UK's electricity came from 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 currently being built.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.
Towns and Cities Near Milltimber
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Milltimber, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Milltimber.