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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Parkhead

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

About Parkhead, Glasgow

Parkhead G31 has a population of 6,989 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Parkhead?

Parkhead water services are supplied by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Parkhead

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Parkhead 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

Additionally, you can communicate with 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 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
Dunfermline
KY11 8GG

Customers that would rather email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Parkhead

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Water rates in Parkhead are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Parkhead water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Parkhead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Parkhead

Customers with a water meter at their Parkhead 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 Parkhead home.

Unmetered Customers in Parkhead

Customers without a meter at their Parkhead 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 Parkhead home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Parkhead is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Parkhead water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Parkhead may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Parkhead 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 Parkhead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, 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 how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Parkhead?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Parkhead G31, 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.

Parkhead Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Parkhead

Is tap water in Parkhead safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Parkhead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Parkhead:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Parkhead

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 Parkhead is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Parkhead is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Parkhead contains a minimal level 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 Parkhead.

Parkhead No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Parkhead home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Parkhead.

If there is no water at your Parkhead home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Parkhead.

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

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check 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. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Parkhead water leak or flooding

Parkhead water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Parkhead home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Parkhead property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

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

Why does the water in Parkhead taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Parkhead 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 affect it by infusing your Parkhead water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Parkhead water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Parkhead G31

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Parkhead with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Parkhead Average Download Speed Parkhead Average Upload Speed
104.00 Mbps 14.70 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Parkhead. 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 households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection available.

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Parkhead.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Parkhead is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Parkhead can take advantage of 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 Parkhead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Parkhead
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Parkhead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Parkhead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Parkhead.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Parkhead broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Parkhead. 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 small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet connection in Parkhead. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Parkhead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Parkhead should also be considered, 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 stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Parkhead home is going to be important.

Parkhead broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Parkhead broadband internet is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Parkhead.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Parkhead ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Parkhead?

The average broadband speed in Parkhead is:

Parkhead Average Download Speed Parkhead Average Upload Speed
104.00 Mbps 14.70 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Parkhead, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Parkhead home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Parkhead.

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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Parkhead

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Parkhead is 01806. When making a call to someone in Parkhead, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Parkhead call cost?

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

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, please check with your provider before calling so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Parkhead

Residents of Parkhead 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 it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Parkhead home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Parkhead distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Parkhead 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 responsible for Parkhead

The electricity distribution network operator for Parkhead 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 Parkhead

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Close By Parkhead

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Parkhead, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Parkhead.

Closest five municipalities to Parkhead
Municipality Distance from Parkhead
Bridgeton 0.6 miles
Merchant City 0.81 miles
Blythswood Hill 1.01 miles