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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Waterfoot

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

About Waterfoot, Glasgow

Waterfoot G76 has a population of 1,275 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Waterfoot?

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

How to reach your water provider in Waterfoot

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Waterfoot water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main 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 get in touch with Scottish Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. 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 Waterfoot

Water bill in Waterfoot

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

Metered Customers in Waterfoot

Customers with a water meter at their Waterfoot house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Waterfoot home.

Unmetered Customers in Waterfoot

Customers who don't have a meter at their Waterfoot home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Waterfoot home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Waterfoot is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Waterfoot 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, installing a water meter at your Waterfoot could be cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Waterfoot water bill?

First of all, you will need to 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 Waterfoot bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Waterfoot?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Waterfoot G76, 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.

Waterfoot Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Waterfoot

Is tap water in Waterfoot safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Waterfoot come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Waterfoot:

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

How hard is the water in Waterfoot

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

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Waterfoot 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 Waterfoot.

Waterfoot No Water

If you have no water in your Waterfoot 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 Waterfoot.

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

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. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Waterfoot water leak or flooding

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

Why does the water in Waterfoot taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Waterfoot 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 impermeate the Waterfoot water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Waterfoot water.

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

Internet in Waterfoot G76

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Waterfoot with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Waterfoot Average Download Speed Waterfoot Average Upload Speed
72.70 Mbps 14.20 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Waterfoot. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes 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 Waterfoot?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've listed the four important points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Waterfoot.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Waterfoot is the availability. The majority of homes in Waterfoot can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Waterfoot?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Waterfoot
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 your traditional telephone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Waterfoot homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Waterfoot.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Waterfoot.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Waterfoot broadband cost

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Waterfoot. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Waterfoot. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Waterfoot Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Waterfoot should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your 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 Waterfoot home is going to be important.

Waterfoot broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Waterfoot broadband connection is extremely 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 you choose a broadband provider in Waterfoot.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Waterfoot?

The average internet speed in Waterfoot is:

Waterfoot Average Download Speed Waterfoot 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Waterfoot, 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 Waterfoot home. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when getting connected in Waterfoot.

Usual Internet habits 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
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Waterfoot

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Waterfoot is 01355. If you call someone in Waterfoot, and you are in a different area, you should add 01355 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01355 Waterfoot call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the phone call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 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? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Waterfoot

Residents in Waterfoot can choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Waterfoot home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Waterfoot distribution network operator, but if you do, you can find the distribution network operator for Waterfoot below.

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 Waterfoot

The electricity distribution network operator for Waterfoot 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 Waterfoot

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Waterfoot

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Waterfoot, we've found the closest five municipalities to Waterfoot.

Closest five municipalities to Waterfoot
Municipality Distance from Waterfoot
Clarkston -
Busby -
Newton Mearns 3.25 miles
East Kilbride 4.06 miles