Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Tarbet

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

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About Tarbet, Argyll and Bute

Tarbet G83 has a population of 1,338 and is located in the county of Argyll and Bute. Argyll and Bute has a population of 86,260 people.

Who supplies my water in Tarbet?

Tarbet 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 Tarbet

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Tarbet water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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

Write to Scottish Water

You can also write to 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

If you want to email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Tarbet

Water bill in Tarbet

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

Metered Customers in Tarbet

Customers with a water meter at their Tarbet property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, 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 Tarbet home.

Unmetered Customers in Tarbet

Customers without a meter at their Tarbet 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 Tarbet home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Tarbet will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Tarbet water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, installing a water meter at your Tarbet could be cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How do I pay my Tarbet 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 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 Tarbet bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Tarbet?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Tarbet G83, 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.

Tarbet Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Tarbet have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Tarbet

Is the tap water in Tarbet safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Tarbet come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Tarbet:

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

Is the water hard in Tarbet

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Tarbet contains a minimal level 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. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Tarbet No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Tarbet 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 Tarbet.

If there is no water at your Tarbet 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 Tarbet.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check 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.

Tarbet water leak or flooding

Tarbet water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Tarbet 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 Tarbet property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you have access to the internet, go to the "report a leak" section of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Tarbet taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Tarbet 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 affect it by infusing your Tarbet water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Tarbet water.

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

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Internet in Tarbet G83

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Tarbet home depends on several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

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

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

Tarbet Average Download Speed Tarbet Average Upload Speed
92.40 Mbps 14.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Tarbet. 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 internet connections are the slowest, in parts of the UK that are more remote this type of connection is the only one available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Tarbet?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, let's take a look at the top four points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Tarbet.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst choosing an internet provider in Tarbet is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Tarbet can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed 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 Tarbet?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Tarbet
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Tarbet homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Tarbet.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Tarbet.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Tarbet broadband value for money

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Tarbet. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Tarbet. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Tarbet Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Tarbet should also be considered, with many people 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 is a priority.

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

Tarbet broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Tarbet internet connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that is able to solve your issue efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Tarbet.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Tarbet?

The average broadband speed in Tarbet is:

Tarbet Average Download Speed Tarbet Average Upload Speed
92.40 Mbps 14.20 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Tarbet, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Tarbet property. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table to find out what sort of download speed you should choose for a broadband service in Tarbet.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

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What's the landline area code in Tarbet

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Tarbet is 01806. When making a call to someone in Tarbet, and you are not in the same area, you should add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Tarbet call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls 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 calls included in your tariff, 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? 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 Tarbet

People living in Tarbet are free 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.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Tarbet home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Tarbet distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can find the distribution network operator for Tarbet below.

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 Tarbet

The electricity distribution network operator for Tarbet 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/
Address Customer Contact Team, SP Energy Networks, 320 St Vincent St
Glasgow
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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

Power Generation near Tarbet

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from 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, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Tarbet

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Tarbet, in the below table you will find the five closest municipalities to Tarbet.