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Essential utilities are available throughout Rutherford County and are competitively priced for small, commercial, and industrial users. Water and sewer treatment facilities serving most industrial properties were designed to be expandable to meet the needs of a growing industrial base, making Rutherford County an attractive operating environment for expansion or relocation. Natural gas is readily available in most locations, and telecommunication services are provided by major local, national and regional carriers.

Depending upon the location, electricity is supplied to area residents and businesses by Duke Energy CorporationRutherford Electric Membership Corporation, or the Town of Forest City. These companies have solid reputations for quality services and reliability. Electricity costs fluctuate based upon demand and location.

Dominion Energy provides natural gas to areas in Rutherford County with cost being at or below the national average. Pricing for this utility is negotiated directly with Dominion Energy and is dependent on a variety of factors.

Water is a plentiful natural resource in Rutherford County. With access to the Broad River and several natural and manmade reservoirs, as well as ample storage, the area's water and sewer systems are designed to meet growing demand. Depending upon the location, water is provided to businesses and residents from one of three providers: Broad River Water Authority, the Town of Forest City, or the Town of Lake Lure. Sewer providers include the towns of Forest CitySpindaleRutherfordton and Lake Lure. Capacities in each service area vary and are designed to be expandable.

Depending upon the location of your business, telecommunication and broadband service providers for businesses throughout Rutherford County include:

Cellular providers in the County include: AT&TUS Cellular and Verizon Wireless.

Residential service providers vary by location and include: AT&T, Vyve Broadband, and HughesNet.