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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Yoker

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

About Yoker, Glasgow

Yoker G13 has a population of 12,295 and is located in the county of Glasgow. Glasgow has a population of 1,688,907 people.

Who supplies my water in Yoker?

Yoker 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 Yoker

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

In the table below we have listed the main telephone 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
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Write to Scottish Water

You can also get in touch with Scottish Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on 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 must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Yoker

Water bill in Yoker

Water rates in Yoker will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Yoker water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Yoker water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Yoker

Customers that have a water meter at their Yoker 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 cover the consumption at your Yoker home.

Unmetered Customers in Yoker

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Yoker home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Yoker home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Yoker is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Yoker water rates would 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Yoker may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Yoker water bill?

First of all, you will 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Yoker 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. 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 Yoker?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Yoker G13, 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.

Yoker Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Yoker

Is tap water in Yoker safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Yoker come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Yoker:

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

Is the water hard in Yoker

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 Yoker is below 60ppm, this means the water in in Yoker is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Yoker 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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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Yoker.

Yoker No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Yoker 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 Yoker.

If there is no water at your Yoker home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Yoker.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. 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 the reason your home has no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Yoker water leak or flooding

Yoker water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Yoker 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 Yoker property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean 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 fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Yoker taste strange?

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

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

Internet in Yoker G13

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

  • Fibre availability
  • 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 Yoker with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Yoker Average Download Speed Yoker Average Upload Speed
83.60 Mbps 13.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Yoker. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of UK households.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Yoker?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider could feel daunting. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Yoker.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Yoker is what's available. Most homes in Yoker should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Yoker?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Yoker
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Yoker 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 Yoker.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Yoker.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Yoker broadband price

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Yoker. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in Yoker. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Yoker Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Yoker should also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to keep up to date with work your work is really 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 Yoker home is something to think about.

Yoker broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Yoker broadband connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Yoker.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Yoker have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Yoker?

The average internet speed in Yoker is:

Yoker Average Download Speed Yoker Average Upload Speed
83.60 Mbps 13.80 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 - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Yoker, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Yoker house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should take for a broadband service in Yoker.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 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
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 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 will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Yoker

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Yoker is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Yoker, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Yoker call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Yoker

People living in Yoker are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of by the regional network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Yoker home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Yoker distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Yoker 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 Yoker

The electricity distribution network operator for Yoker 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 Yoker

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

Fossil Fuels

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

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 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.

Towns and Cities Near Yoker

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Yoker, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Yoker.

Closest five municipalities to Yoker
Municipality Distance from Yoker
Anniesland -
West End 0.63 miles
Cleveden 0.63 miles
Dowanhill 0.63 miles
Hillhead 0.63 miles