Utilities & Telecom

Utilities & Telecom

Electricity | Natural Gas | Telecommunications | Sewer | Water | Garbage & Recycling

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission regulates the services and rates of all publicly and privately owned companies providing electric, gas, telephone and water services in the state.

ELECTRICITY

Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light are the two primary electricity providers in King County. Both companies provide energy efficiency programs and services to help you lower your energy costs and reduce your business’s environmental footprint.

Current electric rates can be found on the utilities’ websites:

Puget Sound Energy
Seattle City Light

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NATURAL GAS

Puget Sound Energy is also the provider of all natural gas services in the Seattle Area. Incentives are available for commercial and industrial customers who make energy-efficient modifications to their existing systems. Some large commercial and industrial customers also have the option of purchasing natural gas directly from third-party suppliers.

Current natural gas rates can be found on the PSE website.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Centurylink is the primary telephone service provider in the Seattle/King County area for landline service. Frontier Communication Northwest also provides service in the northern part of the county. AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and a host of other wireless network providers also offer service throughout King County. HughesNet provides satellite internet service in Seattle and King County. 

For more information on telecom providers and rates, visit: http://www.utc.wa.gov/regulatedIndustries/utilities/telcom/Pages/default.aspx

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SEWER

Depending on where your business is located, sewer service is provided by one of 30 local agencies. Each of those agencies contracts with the King County Wastewater Treatment Division to ensure the resources of Puget Sound are protected and preserved in a cost-effective manner.

For a list of sewer providers as well as rate information, visit:http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/About/SewerAgencies.aspx

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WATER

Seattle Public Utilities provides water to approximately 1.4 million people in the Seattle metro area. More than 14,000 public and private systems supply the rest of the county’s water supply (including single family wells). The majority of the water in the area comes from two watersheds: the Tolt River and the Cedar River.

For more information on the local water system and a map of county providers, visit:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/drinking-water/sources.aspx

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GARBAGE & RECYCLING

King County has contracted with two national companies, Waste Management, Inc., and Allied Waste, to collect garbage and recycling throughout most of the county. These companies do business under several different company names depending on which area of the county they serve. The City of Seattle Public Utility provides garbage and recycling services to residents and businesses within the city of Seattle. The cities of Enumclaw and Skykomish also provide their own garbage collection.

For more information and to find your service provider, visit:
http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/garbage.asp

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