2018 Tree Line USA


Nebraska City Utilities named “2018 Tree Line USA” by Arbor Day Foundation

Nebraska City, Neb. (April 13, 2018) – The Arbor Day Foundation has named Nebraska City Utilities a 2018 Tree Line USA in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider’s service area.

Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State
Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance
America’s urban trees. Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable
electricity while maintaining health community forests.

“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe,
president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Service providers like Nebraska City Utilities
demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exist for the benefit of communities and

Nebraska City Utilities achieved Tree Line USA by meeting five program standards.  Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care; provide annual worker training in best tree-care practices; sponsor a tree-planting and public education program; maintain a tree-based energy conservation program; and participate in an Arbor Day celebration.

More information about Tree Line USA click here.

About Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million mermber nonprofit
conservation and education orgarnzation with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and
celebrate hees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.


Click here for Tree Trimming Practices

For more information, contact:
Danny Cohn, 402-47 3-9563





Rural Energy for America Program

What does this program do?
Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Who may apply?
• Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
• Small businesses in eligible rural areas. (continue reading)

Hot Tips For Winter

  • Winterize pipes when not in use.
  • During the winter months, your furnace will be running and windows will be shut.  So you need to install carbon monoxide detectors near your bedrooms.
  • Be cautious when using portable heaters.  Place them three feet away from anything flammable.  Never leave them running when you are gone or asleep.  Don’t let children or pets around the heaters, and never dry clothing or mittens on heaters.

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Copper Theft

Criminals are getting away with a handful of copper and that could cause thousands of dollars in damages.  An effort to stay proactive Nebraska City Utilities is asking if you see anything that looks suspicious around a substation or power poles, please call 911.


Suspicious activity could include:
Bicycles, wagons, or four-wheelers near a substation fence.
People in or around a substation with duffel bags or backpack.
People in or around a substation without a hard hat.
Late night or early morning activity without the presence of a marked Nebraska City Utilities vehicle. Continue reading “Copper Theft”

Natural Gas Safety Tips

If you smell gas (a rotten egg smell), immediately evacuate the building and call Nebraska City Utilities at 402-873-3353 or the fire department.

If you smell gas, DO NOT:

  1. Remain in the building
  2. Use light switches
  3. Try to find the source of the leak
  4. Smoke or strike matches
  5. Use a telephone or any electrical equipment that might create a spark

Always remember these important safety tips:

  • Have at least one working carbon monoxide detector for each level of your home.
  • Gas appliances should have a clear, steady blue flame. Small occasional amounts of yellow and orange are normal. The only exception is a natural gas fireplace designed to have yellow flames.
  • Never use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
  • Never cover the temperature controls, air openings, or vents of an appliance.
  • Keep range and oven burners clean. Never line the oven completely with foil.
  • Never try to repair or install a gas appliance yourself. Never let a home handy-person try to do the job for you.
  • Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the gas controls of an appliance. If you suspect water damage, have a trained technician replace them immediately.
  • Turn off gas fireplaces and space heaters before going to bed or leaving home. They’re not intended as a main source of heat.
  • Gas appliance connectors (the flexible, corrugated metal tubing) should be checked by a qualified appliance service contractor periodically. Connectors can become hazardous due to deterioration, excessive movement, bending, or corrosion. Connectors made 30 to 40 years ago may be risky.
  • Never attach electrical grounding wires to gas piping.
  • Set water heater thermostats to 125 degrees or lower to prevent scalding.
  • Keep the space around furnaces and water heaters clean and clear of build-up, rags, newspapers, and other debris.
  • Never store combustibles such as gasoline, aerosol cans, paint, solvents, household cleaners, pool chemicals, or similar products near any fuel-burning equipment.
  • Be cautious using products such as paint strippers, glues, rubber cement, varnishes, turpentine, cleaning fluid, and floor finishing products. They give off vapors that can be ignited by any flame source, such as a burner pilot light. Vapors can also corrode metal vents and appliance combustion chambers. Turn off all gas appliances when using these products and keep the space well ventilated with exhaust fans or plenty of fresh air.
  • Be aware of where gas (and other utility) lines are buried, especially when working in your yard. Always call before you dig!

Sewer Tips

A clogged sewer drain is no picnic. Chemical drain cleaners can be effective, but they emit harsh fumes and can actually damage your plumbing if not used properly. Here’s a quick guide to help you with drain cleaning without the use of chemicals.

Understand The System

The most important part of clearing a blocked sewer drain is identifying which part of the drainage system is clogged. Inside your home, there are several small waste removal pipes that feed directly into the larger main sewer line. This main line takes waste water out of your house and deposits it into your septic tank or municipal sewer. Most homes have a line that carries waste from the kitchen sink and toilets and a line that carries waste from showers, tubs and bathroom sinks.

Clearing a Slow Drain

If you’re dealing with a slow-moving drain, it’s likely that whatever is blocking the pipe is caught in the drain trap or trap arm. Remove the trap arm if you can and thoroughly clean out any debris or clogs. If that doesn’t work, check the main line plug or cap. You may need to use a plumbing snake if the blockage isn’t immediately visible. Run cold water into the line as you snake; this will help break up clogs and wash away dirt and pipe residue.

Bathtub and Shower Clogs

Most drainage problems in the bathroom are caused by hair, soap and shampoo that get stuck in the plumbing and form clogs. A good way to remove a stubborn bathroom clog is to use a device called a drain stick. It’s a long plastic stick that has either a small comb or a spiked tip at the end. The barbs help snag hair and other debris inside the pipes so you can pull them out easily. Just remove the drain cap, put the stick into the drain and twist a few times. Pull back slowly, and the clog should come right out.

Serious Drain Blockage

A substantial clog may require professional help or even a sewer line replacement. However, sewer jet blasting can be a very effective way for drain cleaning, no matter where the blockage is. Basically, a strong spray of pressurized water is pumped through your home’s plumbing, breaking up clogs and leaving pipes flowing freely. After a sewer jet blasting, ask your plumber to perform a hydrostatic line test, which will detect weak spots, cracks or leaks in the pipes.

Keep Clogs From Coming Back

Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to drainage problems at home. To keep your drains clean without harsh chemicals, use a simple baking soda and vinegar solution. Once a month, pour a cup of baking soda down each drain in your home, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Let the solution sit for about an hour, and then flush with warm water. The baking soda reacts with the vinegar to create a foam that will remove most residue from tubs, showers, and sinks.


Heating Tips and Assistance


NEBRASKA CITY UTILITIES encourages winterizing your home to save on your natural gas & electric heating bill

With colder temperatures on the way, NEBRASKA CITY UTILITIES encourages its natural gas & electric customers to take some simple, low cost steps now to winterize homes and save money on heating bills by reducing natural gas and/or electric usage.

NEBRASKA CITY UTILITIES encourages homeowners to consider implementing some of these low-cost measures:

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Utility Flags & Markings

You have probably noticed small flags of various colors placed in the grass around town, in your yard or in your neighborhood? Sometimes the grass or ground is also marked with paint.  So what does this mean?

It means someone is planning to do some digging in the area and they have called 811 to check the area for underground utilities such as water, sewer, gas, phone, electricity, etc… Then the area is marked with a flag or paint to indicate what utility is underground.  If someone digs up a line, it could be detrimental, therefore it is required you call 811 before you dig.

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Wise Water Tips

Outside your home

  • Lawn watering uses a lot of water. Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell if your lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, your lawn may be thirsty! Generally, lawns only need an inch or so of water per week during the summer months. Water your lawn wisely by:

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