Smiths Station Utilities

Find Smiths Station 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.

Smiths Water & Sewer Authority 2848 Lee Road 243 Smiths Station AL 36877 334-298-6342

About Smiths Station Utilities

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

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

Utilities in Smiths Station, 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 Smiths Station 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 Smiths Station, Alabama

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

Electric Utilities

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

Water Utilities

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

Sewer Utilities

Smiths Station 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 Lee County waterways.

Natural Gas Utilities

Smiths Station 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.