Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Newbridge

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

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About Newbridge, Edinburgh

Newbridge EH28 has a population of 9,590 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Newbridge?

Newbridge 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 Newbridge

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Newbridge water issues.

In the table below you will find the telephone numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water contact number Scottish Water Emergency contact number
0800 077 8778 0800 077 8778
24/7/365

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 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 Newbridge

Water bill in Newbridge

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

Metered Customers in Newbridge

Customers with a water meter at their Newbridge property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Newbridge home.

Unmetered Customers in Newbridge

Customers without a meter at their Newbridge home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Newbridge home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Newbridge will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Newbridge water rates would 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Newbridge may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Newbridge water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account 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

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Newbridge bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Newbridge?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Newbridge EH28, 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.

Newbridge Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Newbridge

Is tap water in Newbridge safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Newbridge come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Newbridge:

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

Is the water hard in Newbridge

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

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Newbridge contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Newbridge.

Newbridge No Water

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

If there is no water at your Newbridge 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 Newbridge.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these 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. Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Newbridge water leak or flooding

Newbridge water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Newbridge 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 Newbridge property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean 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 out the online form.

Why does the water in Newbridge taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Newbridge water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Newbridge water.

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

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Broadband Speed in Newbridge EH28

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • 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 how it compares to the average broadband speed for Newbridge with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Newbridge Average Download Speed Newbridge Average Upload Speed
82.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Newbridge. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband 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, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

Things to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Newbridge?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Newbridge.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind when searching for a broadband provider in Newbridge is what's available. Most homes in Newbridge can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Newbridge?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Newbridge
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Newbridge homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Newbridge.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Newbridge.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Newbridge broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Newbridge. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Newbridge. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Newbridge Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Newbridge must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Newbridge home is going to be important.

Newbridge broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Newbridge internet connection is really important. You might 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 quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Newbridge.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Newbridge ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Newbridge?

The average internet speed in Newbridge is:

Newbridge Average Download Speed Newbridge Average Upload Speed
82.50 Mbps 14.90 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds 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 - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to a green box on your street in Newbridge, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Newbridge house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Newbridge.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 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
5 devices or more 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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.

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What's the landline area code in Newbridge

Corded telephone area code Newbridge

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Newbridge is 0131. If you're calling somebody in Newbridge, and you're located in a different region, you must add 0131 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 0131 Newbridge call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included as part of your 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 are unsure whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before you make the call 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 Newbridge

People living in Newbridge can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Newbridge home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Newbridge distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Newbridge 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 in Newbridge

The electricity distribution network operator for Newbridge 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
Glasgow
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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

Power Generation near Newbridge

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

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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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 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 is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Newbridge

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Newbridge, in the table below you can see the five nearest towns and cities to Newbridge.

Closest five municipalities to Newbridge
Municipality Distance from Newbridge
Kirkliston 2.31 miles
Kirknewton 2.64 miles
Winchburgh 2.96 miles
West Lothian 2.96 miles