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Low utility costs make Gothenburg an excellent location for industries, commercial and residential customers. All rate classes for electricity, water, sewer and solid waste are among the lowest in the nation. Nebraska is the only state in the nation served totally by electric public power, which has contributed greatly to our great competitive rates. The city is a total requirements wholesale customer of the Nebraska Public Power District.
Prospective and new customers should contact the city office at 409 9th Street in Gothenburg, or call (308) 537-3668. For further information regarding utility services for potential new economic development opportunities or business expansion, please contact Bruce Clymer, Gothenburg City Administrator.
- Utility Rate Ordinance
(Includes all rates for Electrical, Water, Sewer and Solid Waste)
The City of Gothenburg is a municipally owned distribution system. The distribution system includes four substations totaling 13,750 KVA. The city network includes 34,500 volt primary lines and 4,160 volt secondary lines which are connected to a Nebraska Public Power District substation located one mile south of Gothenburg. The NPPD substation is connected to the statewide grid system by 115,000 volt transmission lines and can be energized from two directions.
The municipal water system in Gothenburg is supplied by four wells, which range in depth from 200 to 400 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 4,800 gallons per minute and an overhead storage capacity of 500,000 gallons. The average daily demand on the system is 1,156,000 gallons, and the historic peak daily demand is 2,800,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 7,412,000 gallons per day. The static pressure is 65 pounds per square inch and the residual pressure is 52 pounds.
Groundwater is available for industrial uses. A 200-foot well will produce 1,200 gallons of water per minute. The water table fluctuates seasonally with no significant change. The quality of water in Gothenburg does not necessitate a water treatment plant. The color of the water is clear and the hardness, in parts per million, is 180. The average tap water temperature varies from 46 degrees in winter to 48 degrees in summer.
The Disposal Plant for the City of Gothenburg was built starting in June, 1992 and came on line in February 1994. The treatment process is an extended aeration activated sludge process. The plant is designed to handle an annual average flow of 0.504 mgd per day.
Gothenburg franchises with private enterprise for Solid Waste. Current Franchisees are Dan's Sanitation 1-800-462-1645; Mike's Sanitation 1-308-930-0331; and Schaben Sanitation 1-308-537-3840.
City Franchised Cable TV Providers
Natural gas local distribution is through Source Gas. Source Gas provides the Choice Program in which individual customers may choose their own natural gas provider through the Source Gas distribution system.
As as result of the Choice Program, Gothenburg is a member of the Public Alliance for Community Energy at 1-800-454-4759, or ACE. ACE is a not-for-profit organization of 65 Municipalities and one public power district that have joined together to provide a competitively priced, reliable supply of natural gas.
In addition to ACE and Source Gas, there are other providers of natural gas through the Source Gas Choice Program. For more information in regard to other provider in the program, contact Source Gas at 1-800-563-0012.