February’s Spotlight in Business: Dalton Utilities OptiLink!

Dalton Utilities and OptiLink: Your Hometown Connectionsfront sign

Dalton Utilities has been an integral part of the Northwest Georgia region since 1889, providing residents and industry with electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services.  In 2003, the Utility branched out to form a telecommunications division, OptiLink, which provides cable television, telephone, high-speed internet and broadband services throughout the community.

Utility companies must operate in both the present and the future.  While taking care of customers’ immediate needs is a priority, Dalton Utilities is constantly looking to the future, researching ways to provide innovative, high-tech services that both use our natural resources responsibly and protect the environment for the benefit of future generations.

Currently, we are part owners in two additional units at the Vogtle Nuclear Plant in Waynesboro, GA to augment our electrical generating assets and allow for future load growth.…while producing no new carbon emissions. Additionally, we have added some solar power to our energy portfolio from solar arrays located on our Land Application System.

In our efforts to provide you with quality utility services and great local customer service, Dalton Utilities is also engaged in several “green” projects which put our wastewater to work for other purposes.  We are a partner in the largest wastewater reuse project in the State in which we provide treated wastewater for use in a 1,240 megawatt electrical generating plant located on our 9,800+-acre Land Application System.  Additionally, we take the solids from our wastewater treatment process and combine them with organic matter to create compost.

2013 Optilink Folks Looking Good (3)In our water sector, we provide clean drinking water to over 35,000 homes and businesses in a three-county area.  We also do an educational program in local schools each year, IN THE KNOW ABOUT H2O, to educate students on the importance of water conservation and the preservation of our natural resources. Additionally, Dalton Utilities owns and maintains the Spring Creek Wetlands Preserve in Northwest Whitfield County.  Two walking trails and a guided tour provided on our website exposes visitors to the importance of wetlands and all the plant and animal life a wetland supports. Right down the road is a canoe launch/take out located along the Conasauga River also owned and maintained by Dalton Utilities.

OptiLink, Dalton Utilities’ telecommunications business, provides great benefit to the region by making available the types and levels of technical services one might only expect in a much larger metropolitan area.  Our 100% fiber optic system allows large corporations to have point-to-point connectivity between locations and move great quantities of data quickly and reliably.  The flexibility and built-in redundancy of our fiber optic system makes OptiLink an excellent choice for a variety of businesses.  Additionally, residential customers and small businesses benefit from having high-quality television, telephone and internet services available at highly competitive rates.

Visit us at www.dutil.com and www.optilink.us

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