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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Newington

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

About Newington, Edinburgh

Newington EH8 has a population of 2,164 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Newington?

Newington water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Newington

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

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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 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

If you want to email Scottish Water, you can use the email address below:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Newington

Water bill in Newington

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

Metered Customers in Newington

Customers with a water meter at their Newington property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Newington home.

Unmetered Customers in Newington

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Newington home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Newington home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Newington is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Newington 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Newington might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Newington 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 Newington 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 you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Newington?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Newington EH8, 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.

Newington Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Newington

Is water from the tap in Newington safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Newington come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Newington:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Newington

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Newington 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 which means they should last longer.

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

Newington No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Newington home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Newington.

If there is no water at your Newington home, is the problem no cold water or no 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 Newington.

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 the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Newington water leak or flooding

Newington water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Newington home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Call Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Newington taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Newington 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 impermeate the Newington water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Newington water.

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

Broadband in Newington EH8

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Newington home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

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

Newington Average Download Speed Newington Average Upload Speed
101.80 Mbps 20.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Newington. 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.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when picking a broadband provider in Newington.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Newington is the issue of availability. Most homes in Newington should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Newington?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Newington
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Newington 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 Newington.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Newington.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Newington broadband price

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Newington. 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 service in Newington. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Newington Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Newington also needs consideration, with many of us 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 can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Newington home is something to think about.

Newington broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Newington internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Newington.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Newington?

The average speed of broadband in Newington is:

Newington Average Download Speed Newington Average Upload Speed
101.80 Mbps 20.70 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Newington, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Newington home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Newington.

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
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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Newington

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Newington is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Newington, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Newington call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone 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 Newington

People living in Newington are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you won't need to contact the Newington distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Newington in this section.

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 Newington

The electricity distribution network operator for Newington 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 Newington

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Newington

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Newington, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Newington.

Closest five municipalities to Newington
Municipality Distance from Newington
Canongate -
Mountcastle -
Duddingston 1.13 miles
Portobello 1.13 miles