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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Newton Mearns

Are you moving and want to know more about Newton Mearns? Our utilities guide to Newton Mearns will help you to find out everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Newton Mearns water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Newton Mearns.

About Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire

Newton Mearns G77 has a population of 24,234 and is located in the county of East Renfrewshire. East Renfrewshire has a population of 95,170 people.

Who supplies my water in Newton Mearns?

Newton Mearns water services are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Newton Mearns

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Newton Mearns water account.

In the table below you will find the phone 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
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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 also send your request via the Scottish Water website.

Customer that want to post 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Newton Mearns

Water bill in Newton Mearns

Water rates in Newton Mearns depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Newton Mearns water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Newton Mearns water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Newton Mearns

Customers with a water meter at their Newton Mearns home will pay a fixed annual 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 are for the consumption at your Newton Mearns home.

Unmetered Customers in Newton Mearns

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Newton Mearns is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Newton Mearns 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Newton Mearns may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How do I pay my Newton Mearns water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Newton Mearns bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Newton Mearns?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Newton Mearns G77, 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.

Newton Mearns Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Newton Mearns have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Newton Mearns

Is the tap water in Newton Mearns safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Newton Mearns. You can rest assured that Newton Mearns water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Newton Mearns water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, that means your tap water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Newton Mearns water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Newton Mearns come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Newton Mearns:

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

Is the water hard in Newton Mearns

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 Newton Mearns is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Newton Mearns is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Newton Mearns contains just trace amounts 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 means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Newton Mearns.

Newton Mearns No Water

If you have no water in your Newton Mearns home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Newton Mearns.

If there is no water at your Newton Mearns home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Newton Mearns.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Newton Mearns water leak or flooding

Newton Mearns water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Newton Mearns 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 Newton Mearns 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 have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Newton Mearns taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Newton Mearns water this could be down 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 infuse the Newton Mearns water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Newton Mearns water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Broadband in Newton Mearns G77

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The speed of your internet connection at your Newton Mearns home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average internet speed in Newton Mearns with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Newton Mearns Average Download Speed Newton Mearns Average Upload Speed
72.70 Mbps 14.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Newton Mearns. 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Newton Mearns?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Newton Mearns.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Newton Mearns is the availability. The majority of homes in Newton Mearns should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Newton Mearns?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Newton Mearns
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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 delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Newton Mearns homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Newton Mearns.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Newton Mearns.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Newton Mearns broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Newton Mearns. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Newton Mearns. Some providers will raise the price even before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Newton Mearns Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Newton Mearns should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Newton Mearns home is something to think about.

Newton Mearns broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Newton Mearns internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Newton Mearns.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Newton Mearns?

The average broadband speed in Newton Mearns is:

Newton Mearns Average Download Speed Newton Mearns Average Upload Speed
72.70 Mbps 14.20 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Newton Mearns, from which it is connected to your property 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 Newton Mearns house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should choose when getting connected in Newton Mearns.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Newton Mearns

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Newton Mearns is 01806. If you call someone in Newton Mearns, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Newton Mearns call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call will probably 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 a small call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Newton Mearns

Residents of Newton Mearns are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Newton Mearns home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Newton Mearns distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Newton Mearns right here.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Newton Mearns

The electricity distribution network operator for Newton Mearns 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 Newton Mearns

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

Fossil Fuels

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 small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

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

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Newton Mearns

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Newton Mearns, we've found the closest five municipalities to Newton Mearns.

Closest five municipalities to Newton Mearns
Municipality Distance from Newton Mearns
Thornliebank 3.07 miles
Deaconsbank 3.07 miles
Giffnock 3.07 miles
Waterfoot 3.25 miles
Eaglesham 3.25 miles