Barrhead Water: Moving Home & Supplier

Looking to find out more about your Barrhead water supply or have recently moved home? Then this is the guide for you! In this guide we will cover who your Barrhead water and wastewater suppliers are, what your areas water hardness will mean for you, and what to do if you encounter water problems.


Barrhead Water Supplier

Barrhead's water is supplied by one company, Scottish Water. Here is the main Barrhead water supplier contact:

Barrhead Water Supply Contact
Water Company Phone Number Opening Times
Scottish Water 0800 077 8778 24/7

Barrhead sewerage and wastewater is also handled by Scottish Water, and shares the same contact number and availability.

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Where does Barrhead water come from?

Water can be provided from various sources, stretching from boreholes and wells, to rivers and lakes. The majority of Scotlands water is sourced from local lochs and reservoirs. Due to them being topped up by rain (almost continuously), very little water comes from underground sources such as aquifers.

Water Rates Barrhead

Water rates in Barrhead will vary depending on if the property has a water meter or not. This can be easily found out by taking a look at a water bill. Homes that have metered water rates will have a meter number listed on their bills. If you cannot see the meter number, often the account number will also indicate if your property has a meter by using a simple code. For example, if the account number starts with UC (Unmetered Customer), this would suggest that your home does not have a water meter. If your account number starts with MC (Metered Customer), this would suggest that you have a water meter.

Alternately if you do not have a bill available, you can check around your home to see if you can find a water meter. These would usually be located either in the garden of the property, or in the vicinity of the water stop tap. If you find a water meter in either of these locations, then your home will have metered rates.

Homes that are not metered won't have metered rates, but they will have a rateable value of the home instead. The rateable value part of your Barrhead water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and most likely will not have changed since. This rate is subject to review every five years, and takes into account factors such as property size, location, and the availability of local services to create a value that is then applied to your bill.

The average water rates Barrhead water residents are being charged result in an average water bill of around £369 a year. This amount combines both water supply and sewerage costs.

Check out these simple water meter and water rates guides to learn more about how your home is billed, and how you can start saving money on your water.

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Barrhead Water Hardness

Barrhead water hardness is rated as soft. While rainwater itself starts as soft, water hardness can change as it progresses through the water cycle and picks up minerals. The higher the mineral presence, the higher the water hardness value will be. Due to the way water filters through rocks in Scottish Water's supply area, your water can pick up minerals, such as magnesium or calcium, on the way to your tap. Your soft water rating means that your water is more effective at tasks such as cleaning clothes or dishes, can help to reduce your energy bill and is less likely to cause limescale accumulation in comparison to homes in harder water areas.

Can you drink the water in Barrhead?

Definitely! Barrhead water meets very high standards, makeing your water safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Barrhead water quality a great 99.96% in overall mean zonal compliance. This means that your water is safe to drink, and it is not necessary to boil or filter your water to make it potable.

If you notice a mild change in taste or smell of Barrhead water this may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network. Minimal amounts of chlorine help to eliminate the presence of harmful bacteria, and is volume closely monitored at all times.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse Barrhead water with an earthy smell or taste. As your waters source can change throughout the year, so too will its mineral composition.
  3. Plumbing such as taps and pipes can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty or rubbery hints.

If you would like to find out more about your waters quality, or are concerned that it may not be safe to consume, you should contact Scottish Water.

Barrhead Water Problems

Water problems can come in many forms. It is important that you know what to do and who to contact should you be affected by disruptions.

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

  1. If you aren't at home, reach out to Scottish Water on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or give them a call.
  2. If you are near a computer, go to the "report a leak" section of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form. Additionally you can check out what known issues there may be in the area, and find emergency contact information

Barrhead No Water

If you have no water in your home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or a Scottish Water outage impacting Barrhead.

  1. Check the "Contact Us" or "Report problems" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you. If they do, then this suggests that a water outage may be affecting the area. If they don't you may need to contact a plumber, as the issue could relate to your homes plumbing.
  3. Check that your stop tap is open. If this is in the closed position, turning it to the open position should allow water to resume flowing.
  4. If you have no water, is it only no cold water, or no hot water? If you have cold water but no hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not the water company.

    If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance.

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