San Benito County Utilities

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


San Benito County Water District 30 Mansfield Road Hollister CA 95023 831-637-8218


Sunnyslope County Water District 3570 Airline Highway Hollister CA 95023 831-637-4670

About San Benito County Utilities

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

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

Utilities in San Benito County, California 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 San Benito County 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 San Benito County, California

In California, Utilities are regulated by the San Benito County 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 San Benito County consumers receive safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services from competent and financially viable companies. San Benito County Utilities must receive approval for the rates they charge and they are also required to demonstrate to the San Benito County Public Services Commission that they have plans to maintain an infrastructure capable of supporting current and future demand for services.

Electric Utilities

San Benito County 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 San Benito County, CA. Therefore, transmission and distribution of electricity operates as a monopoly and customers do not have a choice when selecting their San Benito County electric power company. However, the electricity in the San Benito County electric grid may come from numerous suppliers.

Water Utilities

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

Sewer Utilities

San Benito County 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 San Benito County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

San Benito County 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.