Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Newmachar
Are you moving and want to know more about Newmachar? Our utilities guide to Newmachar is going to provide you with everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Newmachar water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Newmachar.
About Newmachar, Aberdeenshire
Newmachar AB21 has a population of 2,460 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.
Who supplies my water in Newmachar?
Getting in touch with your water supplier for Newmachar
Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Newmachar water issues.
In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.
|Scottish Water telephone number||Scottish Water Emergency telephone number|
|0800 077 8778||0800 077 8778|
Moving to Newmachar?
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 write to 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 send 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 must use the following email address:
|Scottish Water Email Address|
Cost of water in Newmachar
Water rates in Newmachar are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Newmachar water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Newmachar water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Newmachar
Customers with a water meter at their Newmachar home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Newmachar home.
Unmetered Customers in Newmachar
Customers without a meter at their Newmachar home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Newmachar home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Newmachar will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Newmachar water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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 Newmachar may save you money.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.
How do I pay my Newmachar water bill?
First of all, you will 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Newmachar bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 your preferred payment method and frequency.
Can I switch the water supplier in Newmachar?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Newmachar AB21, 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.
Newmachar Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Newmachar have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Newmachar
Is tap water in Newmachar safe to drink?
Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Newmachar. You can rest assured that Newmachar water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Newmachar 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 Newmachar water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Newmachar come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Newmachar:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
Is the water hard in Newmachar
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 Newmachar is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Newmachar is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Newmachar contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.
You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Newmachar.
Newmachar No Water
If you have no water in your Newmachar home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Newmachar.
If there is no water at your Newmachar home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Newmachar.
If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:
- Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
- Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Newmachar water leak or flooding
Newmachar water problems might include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Newmachar home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.
If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Newmachar property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Ring Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- 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 Newmachar taste strange?
If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Newmachar water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can infuse the Newmachar water with an earthy smell or taste.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Newmachar water.
If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Scottish Water using the contact information above.
Internet in Newmachar AB21
The speed of your broadband connection at your Newmachar home can vary depending on several factors such as:
- Availability of fibre
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Placement of your router
- Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
- Your broadband provider
Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Newmachar 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?
|Newmachar Average Download Speed||Newmachar Average Upload Speed|
|49.30 Mbps||13.40 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Newmachar?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Newmachar. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.
Things to consider when picking a broadband provider in Newmachar?
These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Newmachar.
The first thing you need to think about whilst picking a broadband provider in Newmachar is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Newmachar should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.
Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.
Type of connection
What are the different types of connection in Newmachar?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Newmachar
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
- A Full Fibre broadband internet 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 Newmachar homes.
- Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Newmachar.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Newmachar?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Newmachar broadband cost
Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Newmachar. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Newmachar. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.
Newmachar Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Newmachar also needs consideration, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.
The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Newmachar home is going to be important.
Newmachar broadband customer service
Lastly, the customer service of your Newmachar internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Newmachar.
In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Newmachar ask about their broadband.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
Is the internet fast in Newmachar?
The average broadband speed in Newmachar is:
|Newmachar Average Download Speed||Newmachar Average Upload Speed|
|49.30 Mbps||13.40 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 - 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Newmachar, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Newmachar 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 broadband speed do I need?
That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Newmachar.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Broadband Download Speed||Up to 2 devices|
|Up to 2 devices||Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 5 devices||AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming||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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.
What's the telephone dialling code of Newmachar
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Newmachar is 01806. When making a call to someone in Newmachar, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.
How much does an 01806 Newmachar call cost?
If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, then the call cost is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.
If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.
How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.
Gas and Electricity in Newmachar
Residents of Newmachar are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional 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 connects your Newmachar home to the gas and electricity networks.
More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Newmachar distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Newmachar 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 Newmachar
The electricity distribution network operator for Newmachar 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
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Newmachar?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to do your bit for the environment.
Power Generation near Newmachar
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Newmachar.
In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.
Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Near Newmachar
Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Newmachar, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Newmachar.