The Nebraska Public Power District retails electricity to the city of Oakland. The 4,160 volt grid system is supplied by a 5,000/6,250 kVA substation. This distribution substation is energized by a 34,500 volt subtransmission line from a 115,000 volt substation adjacent to Oakland. This substation can be energized from several different sources to give the Oakland area extremely reliable electrical service. The system is tied into the statewide grid system by means of high voltage transmission lines.
Black Hills Energy is the distributor of natural gas in Oakland. Northern Natural Gas is the transmission pipeline company.
Natural gas, with an average value of 1,000 BTU per cubic foot, is available in Oakland for residential, commercial, and industrial customer for base and peak use on a firm basis. Interruptible service is available for customers with alternate fuel capability. Annual curtailment of interruptible customers varies with the type of service selected by the customer.
Rates will vary from month to month and are set each month to reflect the cost of the natural gas. Black Hills Energy uses a mixed buying portfolio to keep the cost of natural gas supplied to customers at a competitive rate. Black Hills Energy allows certified suppliers to transport on their system for commercial and industrial customers.
Prospective commercial or industrial customers should contact the Economic Development Department at Black Hills Energy, (402) 437‑1850 or (800) 232‑1850, for further information regarding gas rates and service. Residential customers can call 888-890-5554 to arrange for service.
The municipal water system in Oakland is supplied by three wells which have an average depth of 360 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 650 gallons per minute and overhead storage of 210,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 750,000 gallons per day. The static pressure is 72 pounds and the residual pressure is 40 pounds.
Ground water is available in Oakland for industrial uses. A two-foot well produces approximately 1,000 gallons of water per minute. Oakland has a rapid sand filter treatment plant which has a capacity of 600 gallons per minute. The water table has not changed significantly during the last five years.
Oakland has a municipal-sanitary sewerage system and a storm sewer system. The activated sludge sewerage treatment plant was built in 2011 and has a daily capacity of 350,000 gallons.
Solid Waste Disposal
The City of Oakland owns and operates a trash compactor open Tuesday / Thursday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 8am-12pm & 1pm-5pm with a 24/7 composite area. The compacted trash is hauled to a regional landfill. If you would to have private trash pickup – that is a separate fee and resident’s responsibility to set-up and pay.
CenturyLink Communications, Nebr. Technology and Telecommunications, and American Broadband serves the Oakland area with a digital central office served by fiber optics. Measured service and equal access are available.
Fastwyre Broadband serves the Oakland area with internet, cable tv, phone. Office located in Blair NE
For additional information, call Fastwyre Broadband at 1-402-426-6200
Skywave serves Oakland area with fiber optic and wireless high-speed internet, digital phone services and data transport services. Office located in West Point NE
For additional information on Oakland’s utilities, contact Kayla Eisenmenger at (402) 685-5822.