Bessemer Utilities

Find Bessemer Alabama utilities. Utilities provide information on public services including electricity (power and light companies), oil and gas (home heating and cooking), waste and sewage companies.

Bessemer Electric & Water Service 1600 1st Avenue North Bessemer AL 35020 205-481-4333

Warrior River Water Authority 523 Belcher Ferry Road Bessemer AL 35023 205-436-3532

About Bessemer Utilities

Bessemer Utilities are business enterprises that provide essential public services including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer services in Bessemer, AL. Because of the infrastructure required to deliver services, a monopoly is often the most economical way for a utility service to operate. Bessemer Public Utility Companies serve all of the customers for a particular service in Bessemer.

You may contact Utilities for questions about:
  • Bessemer Utilities billing and payments
  • Sewer rates and water bills
  • Setting up Utilities
  • Power outages
  • Natural gas hookups
Public & Private Utility Companies

Utilities in Bessemer, Alabama may be publicly owned enterprises or private companies. In both cases, the primary source of revenue supporting the Utility is user fees paid by customers. In the case of publicly owned Utilities, the assets of the Utility are owned by the Bessemer Government Utilities Department, but it operates as a self-sustaining public enterprise supported by its own revenues rather than relying on taxes to fund operations.

Public Utilities Commissions in Bessemer, Alabama

In Alabama, Utilities are regulated by the Public Services Commissions or Public Utilities Commission. Public Services Commissions are necessary when monopolies exist or in cases where competition is very limited, to ensure that Bessemer consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. Bessemer Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the Bessemer Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

Bessemer Electric Utilities are the most likely to function as a hybrid of monopoly and competitive services. Only one system for transmitting and delivering electricity to customers is feasible in a given service area such as, AL. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their Bessemer electric power company. However, the electricity in the Bessemer electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

Water Utility Services in Bessemer provide potable tap water directly to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers through a distribution system.

Sewer Utilities

Bessemer Sewer Service Companies receive wastewater from customers via sanitary sewers at a wastewater treatment plant. The Sewer Utility treats the wastewater to reduce pollutants before it is released into waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Bessemer Natural Gas Companies are essentially local distribution companies that deliver natural gas, received from large capacity interstate or intrastate pipelines, to individual customers through small diameter distribution pipelines.