Public Utilities

Richmond: Virginia's Working Capital

The City of Richmond's Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates five utilities: natural gas, water, wastewater, stormwater, and electric streetlighting. learn more below.

Natural Gas

Considered one of the most clean, efficient and abundant energy options, the City of Richmond offers natural gas service at low rates. Non-Residential rates vary depending on volume used. Learn more.


The city of Richmond is one of the largest water producers in Virginia, with a modern plant that can treat up to 132 million gallons of water a day from the James River. Learn more.


Richmond's wastewater treatment plant service about 58,000 customers and is the largest of its kind in Virginia. The plant can treat up to 70 million gallons a day. The City is currently engaged in a $117 million program to proect the James River from untreated sewer overflows during heavy rains. Learn more.


In 2009 the City implemented a federal government mandated comprehensibe stormwater quality management plan to manage stormwater runoff issues including flooding, pollution, water quality and soil erosion. Learn more.


Dominion Virginia Power is the major provider of electric service to Richmond. The 2011 Reliability Rate for the Richmond District was 99.983% (excluding major storms). Additionally, Dominion Virginia Power offers a variety of rate options that may lower operating costs for commercial and industrial users. Southside Electric Cooperative and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative also provide service. Learn more.


Local telephone service is provided through Richmond by Verizon Communications, Inc. which can also provide dual capacity, AT&T and Cavalier Telephone. An extensive fiber optic network with digital switching capability and Synchromous Optical Network (SONET) self-healing fiber optic rings insure uninterrupyed service. Special Access Services (DS1, DS3, OC-12 and OC-48) are available throughout the area. Major long-distance carriers include AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Level 3 serves Richmond with an independent local and national fiber network. PAETEC (formerly US LEC) offers business customers an extensive line of voice, data, and IP services. Richmond service providers include T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint. Voiceover IP providers include Verizon, Vonage and Lingo.



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City of Richmond
Economic & Community Development

Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219