Utility Infrastructure

A minimum of two independent sources of power to the Tri-Cities originates with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The Federal Columbia River Power System services the Tri-Cities via Bonneville, and is considered one of the most reliable and stable power systems in the country.

Within 45 miles of the Tri-Cities are three major hydro-electric plants, two thermonuclear generating plants, and one coal fired generating plant, all of which are linked to the electrical grid system managed by BPA and distributed to industries through four public utilities.  These various sources of electricity have ensured an abundant supply of power to the region, at some of the lowest electrical cost anywhere in the nation.

Utility Providers

Kennewick

Pasco

Richland

Power Benton PUD Franklin PUD City of Richland
Water City of Kennewick City of Pasco City of Richland
Sewer City of Kennewick City of Pasco City of Richland
Solid Waste Disposal Waste Management Basin Disposal City of Richland
Natural Gas Cascade Natural Gas Cascade Natural Gas Cascade Natural Gas
Cable TV Charter, Dish Network, DirecTV Charter, Dish Network, DirecTV Charter, Dish Network, DirecTV
Telecommunications Frontier, Charter Century Link, Charter Frontier, Charter

Capacities

Kennewick

Pasco

Richland

Water Service
Capacity (mgd)

30

30

36

Average Daily Use

10.5

11.4

14.68

Peak Daily Use

24.2

21.7

34

 

Waste Water Treatment Service

Capacity (mgd)

12.2

17

11.4

Average Daily Use

5.0

4

5.5

Public Service

Kennewick

Pasco

Richland

Fire Fighters

77

57

55

Fire Insurance Rating

4

4

4

Police Officers

93

90

58

Benton County Sheriff

55

Franklin County Sheriff

25

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