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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Ruchill

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

About Ruchill, Glasgow

Ruchill G20 has a population of 10,737 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Ruchill?

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

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Ruchill

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Ruchill water account.

In the table below you will find the contact 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 get in touch with 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 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 would like to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Ruchill

Water bill in Ruchill

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

Metered Customers in Ruchill

Customers with a water meter at their Ruchill 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. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Ruchill home.

Unmetered Customers in Ruchill

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

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Ruchill is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Ruchill water rates will 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Ruchill 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 Ruchill water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you've registered 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 Ruchill bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Ruchill?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Ruchill G20, 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.

Ruchill Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Ruchill

Is the tap water in Ruchill safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Ruchill come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Ruchill:

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

Is the water hard in Ruchill

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 Ruchill is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Ruchill is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

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

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

Ruchill No Water

If you have no water in your Ruchill home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Ruchill.

If there is no water at your Ruchill 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 Ruchill.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining 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.

Ruchill water leak or flooding

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

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Ruchill 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 access the internet from your location, 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 Ruchill taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Ruchill water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Ruchill water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Ruchill water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Ruchill G20

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The broadband speed you get at your Ruchill home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Ruchill with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Ruchill Average Download Speed Ruchill Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 19.00 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Ruchill. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband 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 some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Ruchill?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Ruchill.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Ruchill is the availability. The majority of homes in Ruchill should have access to fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Ruchill?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Ruchill
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of 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 provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Ruchill homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Ruchill.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Ruchill.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Ruchill broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Ruchill. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Ruchill. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Ruchill Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Ruchill should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Ruchill home is something to think about.

Ruchill broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Ruchill broadband connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Ruchill.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Ruchill?

The average broadband speed in Ruchill is:

Ruchill Average Download Speed Ruchill Average Upload Speed
86.10 Mbps 19.00 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 a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds 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 Ruchill, from there it's connected to your home 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 Ruchill home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should choose for a broadband service in Ruchill.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 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
5 devices or more 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 transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Ruchill

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

How much does an 01806 Ruchill call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make 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 Ruchill

Residents in Ruchill are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, 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 officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Ruchill home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Ruchill distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Ruchill 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 Ruchill

The electricity distribution network operator for Ruchill 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

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  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 Ruchill

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Towns and Cities Near Ruchill

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Ruchill, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Ruchill.

Closest five municipalities to Ruchill
Municipality Distance from Ruchill
Maryhill 0.01 miles
West End 0.98 miles
Cleveden 0.98 miles
Dowanhill 0.98 miles
Hillhead 0.98 miles