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UTILITIES

LAKELAND ELECTRIC AND WATER

(863) 834-9535

501 E. Lemon Street, Lakeland

Serves Lakeland and Polk City.  Deposit is $100 for electric and $20 for water.  Letter of credit from previous utility is accepted in lieu of deposit.  Deposit with interest is returned after two years of service with a good payment record.  Deposit  refunds will be credited on the utility bill. Other charges: $10 service fee to turn on power: additional $15 for same day service.

Website: www.lakelandelectric.com

Out of State: (800) 929-4876

 

TECO PEOPLES GAS

(877) 832-6747

Lakeland

Providing natural gas for the greater Lakeland area.  Deposit is based on potential usage.  Minimum monthly charge is $7.50.

Website: www.tecoenergy.com

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA GAS COMPANY

(863) 293-2125

Natural gas service for all areas of the county.  Deposit is $50.  Minimum monthly service charge is $15.

 

FLORIDA POWER

(800) 226-3545

Serves Alturas, Dundee, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Frostproof and Haines City.

Deposit is $200, which is returned after 2 years of service with good standing.

 

TAMPA ELECTRIC

(863) 299-0800

Tampa Electric serves Auburndale, Eagle Lake, Lake Alfred Mulberry, Polk City and Winter Haven. 

Deposit is generally $215.  Deposit earns 6.5% interest a year (after first 6 months) and will be returned after two years of service with good standing.

Out of State: (888) 223-0800

 

BARTOW ELECTRIC AND WATER DEPARTMENT

(863) 534-0188

Serves Bartow and some outlying areas.

Deposit is $120 for electric and $20 for water.  Deposit is returned after 5 years of service with good standing.  Monthly garbage service is $15 for curbside pickup and $25 for backyard pickup.  Sewer is $16.10, plus usage, outside city limits.  Water is $4.37, plus usage, inside city limits, and $5.45, plus usage, outside city limits.

 

FORT MEADE

(863) 285-1100

Serves Fort Meade, ask for customer service.

Deposit for electricity and water is $140.  Deposit for natural gas, electricity and water is $180.  Deposit of $100 (electric) with five percent interest a year is returned after three years with good standing.  Garbage is included.

 

POLK COUNTY UTILITIES

(863) 298-4100

Water and sewer services for unincorporated areas of the county.

Deposit for both is $70,plus a $15 processing fee.  For water service only, deposit is $30, plus the $15 processing fee.  The minimum monthly service charge for water is $8.16 and for sewer the charge is $33.90.

 

TELEPHONE

VERIZON

(863) 683-4390 or (800) 483-4200

120 East Lime Street, Lakeland

Countywide except for Fort Meade.

No deposit required for residents with good payment records in the last 12 months.  The deposit for new residents with a poor payment record is $70.  The connection fee is $55.

 

SPRINT/UNITED TELEPHONE OF FLORIDA

(800) 699-0728

Serves Fort Meade.

No deposit required if customer has had service in the past 12 months.  Deposit varies for others.  The installation charges at customer's location are $50 for residence and $60 for business.  Charge does not include inside wiring or stations.

 

 CABLE TELEVISION

BRIGHTHOUSE NETWORKS

(863) 965-7766 or (800) 892-0805

Countywide.

Website: www.mybrighthouse.com

 

COMCAST CABLEVISION

(800) 266-2278

Bartow, Fort Meade, Frostproof and Lake Wales.

 

 

***ALL INFORMATION DEEMED RELIABLE BUT NOT GUARANTEED***