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Washington County’s extensive, reliable networks and systems of utilities provide a strong foundation for your business operations.

Fiber and Telecommunications

Washington County has a strong regional fiber network. Most of our existing business locations and industrial sites have the ability to meet – and in some cases even exceed – 1 Gigabit.

Bristol Virginia Utilities Optinet
 offers redundant, high-speed broadband.



Appalachian Power

New customers with over a 1,000 kW load may receive an economic development rate that reduces their demand rate charge by 25% each year for the first five years of operation

In Virginia, Appalachian Power has 26,445 miles of distribution and 2,717 miles of transmission line


Bristol Virginia Utilities Board

Power is generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and delivered to customers via a reliable system that includes 10 substations

Qualified economic development projects locating to TVA electricity-served sites may also benefit from program offerings through TVA Economic Development

Natural Gas


Atmos Energy serves customers in western Virginia with 650 miles of distribution pipelines.

Water and Wastewater

WashCo Service AuthorityWashington County Service Authority

Capacity of water treatment facilities is 14 MGD.

Purchases water from two different utilities.

Capacity of wastewater treatment is 2.22 MGD.

Maintains conveyance and treatment agreements with two different utilities.


Bristol Virginia Utilities Board

Capacity of water treatment plant is 10 MGD pumped from South Holston Lake

Wastewater treatment plant’s standard capacity is 15 MGD and is capable of treating up to 25 MGD when necessary

Various municipalities provide their own water and wastewater treatment.

Contact Us

  • Whitney Bonham
    Whitney BonhamDirector of Economic Development and Community Relations
    Tel. 276-525-1300