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Several public and private companies service Greater Cincinnati's utility needs. From the state-of-the-art Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) to Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States, the utility companies in Greater Cincinnati will be able to fulfill your requirements no matter the extent.

District Energy - Cooling

Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS) was awarded an exclusive franchise to provide district energy service within the Central Business District (CBD) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, a central plant and a satellite plant can produce 10,000+ tons of chilled water which is piped throughout the Cincinnati CBD to serve individual buildings with chilled water to meet respective air-conditioning needs. The customer base includes commercial office buildings, retail and hotel facilities, government buildings and institutional facilities. District energy services allow for lower construction and operating costs for new buildings, but they also allow older buildings to remain competitive by avoiding the expense of replacing aging cooling equipment, many of which utilize chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a substance banned from further production by the Clean Air Act.

  • The higher efficiencies inherent in a centralized energy system result in substantial reduction of the air pollutant emissions caused by individual building cooling systems. This helps Cincinnati to improve its local environment as well as its business climate.
  • Duke Energy Generation Services can also offer on-site energy or commercial power generation management. Contact them for more information:


Cincinnati enjoys an almost limitless supply of high quality potable water, at rates among the lowest in the country.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW), largest of several water works in the service area, has been a municipally-owned and operated utility since it was purchased by the City of Cincinnati in 1839.

GCWW has always taken the lead in water quality research and technology to protect public health.  It has been featured nationally for it's state-of-the-art water treatment and research. To ensure the highest quality drinking water, water is tested more than 300 times a day from the source through treatment and in the distribution system.

GCWW supplies more than 48 billion gallons of water a year through 3,000 miles of water mains to about 235,000 residential and commercial accounts. GCWW's service area has grown to include the entire City of Cincinnati, most of Hamilton County, and parts of Butler and Warren Counties in Ohio.  In 2003, GCWW started selling water to Boone County and Florence, Kentucky via a pipeline installed under the Ohio River.

GCWW uses the latest treatment techniques in its state-of-the-art facilities to remove harmful contaminants. Cincinnati has been recognized nationally for its excellent drinking water. GCWW has always met or exceeded all state and federal health standards for drinking water.


Cincinnati Bell delivers powerful, fully integrated, state-of-the-art networks supported locally by thousands of experts. Cincinnati Bell provides dedicated local account teams, strategic customer
service resources, and partnerships with industry leaders like Avaya, Cisco, Nokia, Motorola, EMC, Citrix, Psion Teklogic, HP, Nortel, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft.

In addition they provide:

  • Local SS7 signaling with dual switches
  • 87 switch locations and 99.9997 availability
  • 3,500 route miles of fiber in the Greater Cincinnati region
  • 640+ SONET self-healing fiber optic rings
  • 24 7 local NOC monitoring and technical support
  • 90+ NOC specialists
  • 500+ install/repair technicians
  • 3,000 employees based in Cincinnati
  • 135 years of experience


The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD, or MSD-GC) serves the wastewater removal and treatment needs of over 800,000 customers in Hamilton County, Ohio (USA). MSD is currently implementing a multi-million dollar overhaul of the entire sewer system.

Gas & Electric

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power companies in the United States. They supply and deliver energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. They have approximately 36,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, they have more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America. They are also a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

The company is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.



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