Utilities

Electric

Wythe County’s reasonable utility rates are a cost-saving advantage to local companies. For example, Appalachian Power, a division of American Electric Power, offers electric rates at about 77% of the national average for large users.*

*Edison Electric Institute, 2013.

Natural Gas

Atmos Energy provides natural gas service to Progress Park from an in-park distribution station. National gas prices are determined primarily by market rates. Transportation rates are governed by state tariff rates. Customers have the option of interruptible or non-interruptible service. Significant cost savings are often obtained by making provisions to operate for short periods of cold weather (or other emergencies) on alternative fuels.

Telecommunications

CenturyLink is the incumbent local telecommunications provider serving Progress Park and Wythe County.
Citizens also has independent fiber service to Progress Park and Fairview Industrial Park.

Solid Waste Disposal

The Wythe-Bland Public Service Authority operates a transfer station that accepts non-hazardous industrial waste, which is transported to landfills outside of the county. On-site pickup is available from private service providers. Private contractors provide hazardous waste disposal services from local industries to sites in West Virginia or South Carolina.

Water

Providers: Town of Wytheville (includes Progress Park), Wythe County, or Town of Rural Retreat.

Wytheville
Amount of Water Rate
Fixed Charge $15.00
0 – 3,000 gallons $2.37 per 1,000 gallons
Next 7,000 gallons $8.35 per 1,000 gallons
Next 15,000 gallons $6.61 per 1,000 gallons
Next 75,000 gallons $4.75 per 1,000 gallons
Next 3,400,000 gallons $3.50 per 1,000 gallons
Next 6,500,000 gallons $3.16 per 1,000 gallons
Over 10,000,000 gallons $2.70 per 1,000 gallons
Rates: Town of Wytheville – monthly billing (Effective 8-1-2013).
Add 100% surcharge for users on the Town system outside the corporate limits.

Wythe County

$18.00 Minimum Bill for first 1,000 gallons
$9.00 each additional 1,000 gallons
Rates: Wythe County – monthly billing (Effective 2-19-2015)
Progress Park’s water service is provided by the Town of Wytheville. However, Progress Park is located within a Virginia Enterprise Zone, and in lieu of the 100% surcharge, a reduced rate schedule is provided for qualifying companies. Click here for details.

Rural Retreat
Water (In-town users) Water (Out-of-town users)
First 2,000 gallons $17.40 minimum First 2,000 gallons $30.45 minimum
Next 4,000 gallons $5.05/1,000 gal Next 4,000 gallons $8.65/1,000 gal
Next 4,000 gallons $6.15/1,000 gal Next 4,000 gallons $10.55/1,000 gal
Over 10,000 gallons $6.70/1,000 gal Over 10,000 gallons $11.90/1,000 gal

Rates: Town of Rural Retreat – monthly billing (Effective 7-1-2015)

Wastewater

Providers: Town of Wytheville, Wythe County, or Town of Rural Retreat.

Wytheville
Amount of Water Sewer Rate
Fixed Charge $11.50
0 – 3,000 gallons $1.81 per 1,000 gallons
Next 7,000 gallons $6.13 per 1,000 gallons
Next 15,000 gallons $6.19 per 1,000 gallons
Next 75,000 gallons $5.75 per 1,000 gallons
Next 3,400,000 gallons $6.50 per 1,000 gallons
Next 6,500,000 gallons $8.30 per 1,000 gallons
Over 10,000,000 gallons $8.28 per 1,000 gallons
Rates: Town of Wytheville – monthly billing (Effective 8-1-2013)
Add 100% surcharge for users on the Town system outside the corporate limits.

Wythe County

Wythe County Sewer Rates
$55.00 for the first 4,000 gallons
$8.85 each additional 1,000 gallons

As an Enterprise Zone incentive, rates are reduced to:

Sewer Rate
First 3,500,000 gallons $ 7.21/1,000 gal.
Next 5,500,000 gallons $ 5.43/1,000 gal.
Next 6,000,000 gallons $ 4.61/1,000 gal.
Over 15,000,000 gallons $ 3.80/1,000 gal.

Rates: Wythe County – monthly billing (Effective 2-19-2015)

Rural Retreat

Rural Retreat sewer rates same for in and out of town limits.

Sewer Rate
First 2,000 gallons $18.40 minimum
Next 2,000 gallons $ 4.50/1,000 gal.
Next 2,000 gallons $ 4.70/1,000 gal.
Next 4,000 gallons $ 5.00/1,000 gal.
Over 10,000 gallons $ 6.15/1,000 gal.

Rates: Town of Rural Retreat – monthly billing (Effective 7-1-2015)