A Complete Guide to Utilities in Nethy Bridge

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

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About Nethy Bridge, Highland

Nethy Bridge PH25 has a population of 644 and is located in the county of Highland. Highland has a population of 235,540 people.

Who supplies my water in Nethy Bridge?

Nethy Bridge water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Nethy Bridge

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Nethy Bridge water problems.

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

Write to Scottish Water

You can also get in touch with 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
Dunfermline
KY11 8GG

Customers that would rather email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Water rates in Nethy Bridge

Water bill in Nethy Bridge

Water rates in Nethy Bridge are based on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Nethy Bridge water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Nethy Bridge water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Nethy Bridge

Customers that have a water meter at their Nethy Bridge 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 cover the consumption at your Nethy Bridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Nethy Bridge

Customers who don't have a meter at their Nethy Bridge home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Nethy Bridge home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Nethy Bridge is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Nethy Bridge water prices were 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, getting a water meter for your Nethy Bridge could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How do I pay my Nethy Bridge water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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 Nethy Bridge bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up 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 Nethy Bridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Nethy Bridge PH25, 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.

Nethy Bridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Nethy Bridge

Is the tap water in Nethy Bridge safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Nethy Bridge. You can rest assured that Nethy Bridge water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Nethy Bridge 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 Nethy Bridge water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Nethy Bridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Nethy Bridge:

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

Is the water hard in Nethy Bridge

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 Nethy Bridge is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Nethy Bridge is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Nethy Bridge contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. 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 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 Nethy Bridge.

Nethy Bridge No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Nethy Bridge home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Nethy Bridge.

If there is no water at your Nethy Bridge home, is the problem 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 Nethy Bridge.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. 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 the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Nethy Bridge water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Nethy Bridge 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 can go on the internet at your current location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Nethy Bridge taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Nethy Bridge 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 Nethy Bridge water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Nethy Bridge water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.

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Broadband Speed in Nethy Bridge PH25

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The speed of your internet connection at your Nethy Bridge home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Nethy Bridge 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?

Nethy Bridge Average Download Speed Nethy Bridge Average Upload Speed
51.10 Mbps 11.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Nethy Bridge. 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 homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Nethy Bridge?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Nethy Bridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when choosing an internet provider in Nethy Bridge is the issue of availability. Most homes in Nethy Bridge can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Nethy Bridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Nethy Bridge
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed that's 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 a standard telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Nethy Bridge homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Nethy Bridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Nethy Bridge.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Nethy Bridge broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Nethy Bridge. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Nethy Bridge. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Nethy Bridge Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Nethy Bridge also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Nethy Bridge home will be an important thing to consider.

Nethy Bridge broadband technical support

Lastly, the technical support for your Nethy Bridge broadband connection is of utmost importance. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Nethy Bridge.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Nethy Bridge have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Nethy Bridge?

The average internet speed in Nethy Bridge is:

Nethy Bridge Average Download Speed Nethy Bridge Average Upload Speed
51.10 Mbps 11.50 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Nethy Bridge, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Nethy Bridge house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At present, 31.83% of homes 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 rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Nethy Bridge.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll of the above, 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the telephone dialling code of Nethy Bridge

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Nethy Bridge is 01806. If you call someone in Nethy Bridge, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Nethy Bridge call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call is likely to be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Nethy Bridge

Residents in Nethy Bridge can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Nethy Bridge distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Nethy Bridge below.

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 Nethy Bridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Nethy Bridge 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.sgn.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth
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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

Power Generation near Nethy Bridge

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Nethy Bridge

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Nethy Bridge, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Nethy Bridge.

Closest five municipalities to Nethy Bridge
Municipality Distance from Nethy Bridge
Advie 3.26 miles
Dulnain Bridge 3.26 miles
Cromdale 3.26 miles
Boat of Garten 3.76 miles
Bogroy 6.03 miles