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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Niddrie

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

About Niddrie, Edinburgh

Niddrie EH16 has a population of 3,070 and is located in the county of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a population of 524,930 people.

Who supplies my water in Niddrie?

Niddrie water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Niddrie

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Niddrie water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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
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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.

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

Cost of water in Niddrie

Water bill in Niddrie

Water rates in Niddrie depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Niddrie water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Niddrie water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Niddrie

Customers that have a water meter at their Niddrie house will pay an annual fixed 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Niddrie home.

Unmetered Customers in Niddrie

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Niddrie 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 Niddrie home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Niddrie is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Niddrie 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Niddrie may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Niddrie water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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 Niddrie bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Scottish Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Niddrie?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Niddrie EH16, 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.

Niddrie Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Niddrie

Is water from the tap in Niddrie safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Niddrie come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Niddrie:

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

Is the water hard in Niddrie

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 rating in Niddrie is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Niddrie is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Niddrie contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Niddrie No Water

If you have no water in your Niddrie 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 Niddrie.

If there is no water at your Niddrie home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Niddrie.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. In this case you should try the following 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, 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.

Niddrie water leak or flooding

Niddrie water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Niddrie home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Niddrie property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  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 Niddrie taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Niddrie water this may be due 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 Niddrie water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Niddrie water.

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

Broadband in Niddrie EH16

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Niddrie with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Niddrie Average Download Speed Niddrie Average Upload Speed
101.80 Mbps 20.70 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect your download and upload speed in Niddrie. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Niddrie.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Niddrie is the availability. Most homes in Niddrie can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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 infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Niddrie?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Niddrie
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Niddrie homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Niddrie.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Niddrie.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Niddrie broadband cost

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Niddrie. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Niddrie. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Niddrie Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Niddrie also needs consideration, with many people working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Niddrie home is going to be important.

Niddrie broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Niddrie internet connection is extremely important. You might 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 is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Niddrie.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Niddrie have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Niddrie?

The average speed of broadband in Niddrie is:

Niddrie Average Download Speed Niddrie Average Upload Speed
101.80 Mbps 20.70 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Niddrie, it's then connected to your house through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Niddrie property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a rough guide to which speed you should pick when getting connected in Niddrie.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone area code for Niddrie

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Niddrie is 01806. If you call someone in Niddrie, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Niddrie call cost?

If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included with 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 are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Electricity and Gas in Niddrie

Residents in Niddrie are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Niddrie distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Niddrie 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 in Niddrie

The electricity distribution network operator for Niddrie 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 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
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Power Generation near Niddrie

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other types 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Niddrie

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Niddrie, we've found the closest five municipalities to Niddrie.

Closest five municipalities to Niddrie
Municipality Distance from Niddrie
Cameron Toll -
Craigmillar -
Blackford 1.18 miles
Marchmont 1.18 miles