the first things you will need to do in your new home is arrange
to get your utilities connected. Here is a list of local utilities,
the areas they serve, and any other important information.
Power- Serves the majority of Hinesville, Allenhurst, Flemington,
Fort Stewart, Midway, Riceboro, Walthourville and Ludowici areas.
There is an $18 fee for establishing an account. This may be waived
depending on credit history. Military is not exempt. Their phone
number is 368-3376.
Georgia Power's Web Site
EMC- Serves Midway, Riceboro and areas in the east part of the
county. There is an $80 charge for homeowners and $115 for renters.
Non-military may have fees waived if they can present a favorable
reference letter from their previous power company. With a good
payment record, the deposit may be refunded after one year. Phone
numbers are 884-3311, and 1-800-421-2343.
EMC- Serves Gum Branch and areas west of Hinesville. There is
a $10 connection fee and a $5 membership fee. Military will not
be charged a deposit upon presentation of waiver from the Welcome
Center at Fort Stewart. Phone numbers are 368-2252, or 1-800-342-0134.
cities, water can be turned on by contacting City Hall. Rates depend
on usage. In Hinesville, customers who use the least water are billed
at a lower rate than high users. Water, sewer and garbage feeds
are combined into one bill in the city.
home or trailer parks, you can get your water turned on by contacting
the park's owner or manager. Most park owners have contracts with
local water companies, and the fees are included in the lot rental.
may also have their own water system, though most rural residents
have their own wells.
Gas and Propane
Natural Gas- Serves parts of Hinesville, Allenhurst, Walthourville,
Midway and Lake George. A credit check is run for all new accounts.
A good rating will exempt you from a deposit. Military waivers may
also be granted with good credit. The amount of the deposit depends
on the size of the residence. If there is a meter already installed,
there is a $25 fee...with no meter the fee is $50. GNC's closest
office is in Jessup, but there is a local number for applications
and assistance. Potential customers may call 369-3355 to speak to
an account representative.
Branch Propane Gas- Serves Liberty, Long, Bryan, McIntosh and
Tattnall counties. There is no deposit, and service may be requested
with just a phone call. No application is necessary. There is a
free residential safety check before service begins. Tanks are provided
at no charge to the customer. The numbers are 876-3003 or 368-3003.
Their office is located at 810 Wells Cemetery Road in Gum Branch.
Propane- Provides service to Fort Stewart, Allenhurst, Walthourville
and Ludowici. There is a $140 deposit required. A $45 connection
fee will be billed. Military customers who receive a waiver will
only be charged the connection fee. Suburban provides free safety
tank inspections, and demonstrations on gas appliances for their
customers. Their number is 876-3531. Their office is located at
411 Gen. Screven Way.
Propane's Web Site
Telephone Service and Long Distance Carriers
Utilities Coastal Long Distance, these carriers can serve local
customers' calls outside of Southern Bell's area monopoly, that
is, generally, Coastal Georgia. A call to Savannah, for example,
would be handled by Southern Bell's affiliate, AT&T, while a
call to New York would be handled by the carrier you select. Billing
is still by Coastal. Call Coastal Utilities, Inc. 369-9000 Business
hours are 8a.m. to 5p.m., weekdays.