Polk County Utilities

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

Buell-Red Prairie Water District 5820 Mill Creek Road Sheridan OR 97378 503-843-2885

Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative 8585 Suver Road Monmouth OR 97361 503-838-2075

Monmouth Power & Light Department 401 North Hogan Road Monmouth OR 97361 503-837-0688

Orchard Heights Water Association 4350 Orchard Heights Road Northwest Salem OR 97304 503-391-9238

Oregon Association Of Water Utilities 935 North Main Street Independence OR 97351 503-837-1212

Perrydale Domestic Water Association 11475 West Perrydale Road Amity OR 97101 503-835-7221

Salem Electric 633 7th Street Northwest Salem OR 97304 503-362-3601

About Polk County Utilities

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

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

Utilities in Polk County, Oregon 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 Polk 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 Polk County, Oregon

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

Electric Utilities

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

Water Utilities

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

Sewer Utilities

Polk 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 Polk County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Polk 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.