Columbia County, Florida

Economic Development Department


Abundant and affordable utilities to power your success!

Columbia County, Florida sits atop the Floridian Aquifer, one of the most productive sources of ground water in the United States. In addition to abundant high-quality water supplies, businesses in Columbia County enjoy the benefits of significant new investments in the utility infrastructure.

The new Price Creek water treatment plant in Lake City – a state-of-the-art ozone treatment facility – currently provides about 3.8 million gallons per day (mgd) of high quality water to homes and businesses throughout Columbia County and has 5.2 million gallons per day excess capacity. With completion of the Lake City’s new Kicklighter treatment plant in 2016, its wastewater treatment capacity will grow to 3.5 mgd.

Abundant, affordable, and reliable electric energy is available from Florida Power & Light (FPL), Clay Electric, and Duke Energy. These providers distribute level voltages of 13.2 kV or more throughout the county. Businesses with significant energy demands will find sites that offer transmission lines delivering level voltages of 115 kV and 230 kV. And, negotiated rate discounts make powering your success here more affordable.

Natural gas lines along US Highway 90 and throughout the county deliver gas to businesses at a rate of 40,000 mcf (1,000 cubic feet) per month. And, there’s plenty to go around – Lake City, the county’s largest community, uses only 30% of this capacity.

Columbia County businesses have a wealth of telecommunications options to meet their needs. Comcast Business provides cable connections with speeds up to 150 megabytes per second (mbps). AT&T offers digital subscriber line (DSL) connections with speeds up to 45 mbps. Windstream Communications provides a fiber optic network capable of delivering speeds up to 1,000 mbps (1 gigabyte) through 10x10 symmetrical Internet connection – great for businesses that require Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.

Access to affordable and reliable utilities is never a problem in Columbia County. Click on the links below to see why.