Save Energy By Planting A Tree

Nebraska City Utilities recognizes the importance that trees play in our environment.  Trees provide shade that cools you and your living environment.  Trees absorb the sun’s energy from the surrounding air, and in the summertime, creates a cooling effect in and around your home.  Using the method of “Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place”, Nebraska City Utilities can help you create comfort and save energy by:

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Annual Water Quality Report

Quality on Tap:

This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made to provide safe drinking water. For more information regarding this report, contact the Nebraska City Utilities at (402) 873-3353. If you would like to observe the decision-making processes that affect drinking water quality, please attend the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Works of Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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Gas Leak Detection

Nebraska City Utilities will check for gas leaks at anytime, day or night, at no charge to the customer.

Our customers are urged to call as soon as they think they smell gas in or around their homes.

Gas leak calls take preference over most anything else. Regardless of when the call comes in, night or day, we will get someone right on it. There is no charge for the call. Our customers’ safety is our number one concern.

When an employee goes on a gas leak call, he checks everything over very carefully; the appliances and piping. He also probes the ground at the riser, and does not leave until he has found something, or is certain there is not a problem.

If a problem is found, it will be isolated, or in some instances the gas may be shut off to the home, for safety reasons. The customer is then informed about the problem and advised to have the problem taken care of by a qualified technician.


Carbon Monoxide Detection

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide, also referred to as CO, is a flammable, colorless, odorless, tasteless toxic gas, produced during incomplete combustion of fuel – Natural Gas, Oil, Coal, Wood, Kerosene, etc.

How does Carbon Monoxide enter the home?

Carbon Monoxide can escape from any fuel-burning appliance such as a furnace, water heater, fireplace, woodstove or space heater.

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Natural Gas Cross Bores

Be Safe! Always assume that obstructions involve a cross bore.

A cross bore is defined as the intersection of an existing underground utility or underground structure by a second utility installed using trenchless technology. This results in an intersection of the utilities, compromising the integrity of either or both utility or underground structure.

In rare cases, our gas pipeline may cross through a sewer pipe. If a plumber unknowingly strikes a gas line while cutting through a sewer blockage, natural gas could enter the sewer system, creating a dangerous situation. For this reason, it is extremely important to call 811 before you begin any digging project to have all utility lines clearly marked.

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Dealing with Sanitary Sewer Back-ups


If you have a back-up in your sanitary sewer system, contact the Nebraska City Utilities by calling 873-3353.  This number is staffed 24 hours per day for emergencies.

A crew will respond to check the City’s main sewer lines.  If a line is found blocked, the crew will purge the line to get it open.  If your back-up does not recede after the City line is found to be open or after it is purged, you should call a professional plumber to have your home’s service line cleared.  The City cannot recommend plumbers for this service, but many can be found in the local telephone directory yellow pages.

After City crews have inspected the main sewer lines, we will inform the customer reporting the back-up as to our findings.  Please be sure to leave an accurate address and telephone number when reporting a back up.

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Water Programs

Backflow and Cross Connection Program

The Nebraska City Utilities backflow and cross connection program was started in 1994 to ensure that our drinking water is protected from possible contamination.  Our focus has been on identifying and isolating possible sources of contamination and pollution.  To do this we have sent out surveys to all of our customers, both residential and commercial, to help us locate possible problems.

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Energy Saving Tips


  • Preheat oven only for baked foods that require precise temperatures such as breads, cookies, and cakes.  Casseroles, roasts, and broiled foods don’t need to go into a warm oven.
  • Vacuum the refrigerator coils twice a year.  Dirty coils make the refrigerator work harder and use more energy.
  • Turn your oven off about five minutes before cooking time is complete.
  • When a 1/4 inch layer of frost has accumulated, it is time to defrost.  Frost acts as an insulator and forces the appliance to work harder.
  • Clean the lint filter after every load of laundry.  This decreases the drying time and increases the airflow.
  • Use a covered pan to boil water.  It will use less energy and is much faster.
  • Use microwave ovens to save energy and reduce cooking time.
  • Consider washing and drying dishes by hand, rather than using a dishwasher.

When cooking – don’t continually open oven door to check on food, you lose 20% of your heat every time the door is opened.

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Refrigerator & Freezer Recycling Program

Nebraska City Utilities would like to encourage the responsible and efficient use of electricity by providing its Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program which pays residents $35.00 to recycle old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. This Program is being funded by the Nebraska City Utility Electric Department and its Program to develop wise conservation and efficiencies as part of its integrated Resource Plan for the Electric Department. The Rebate Program, is available to all current Residential Electric customers of Nebraska City Utilities and is limited to two appliances per customer. Recycling older, inefficient refrigerators and freezers accomplishes multiple benefits

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