Although Erika has been downgraded, OUC is still monitoring the remnants of the storm and how it may impact our service area. We still expect heavy rain and possible flooding, through Tuesday, which may result in longer than usual outage times. We ask for your patience. This is a good time to jot down your OUC account number and put it in a safe place. This will speed up the process of reporting outages. We will continue to monitor the situation and do all we can to provide safe and reliable electic and water services to you.


In 2010, OUC recycled thousands of pounds and thousands of gallons of hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible way, but we also recycled these materials listed below:

  • 18,300 lbs of cardboard and paper
  • 22,000 lbs of porcelain insulators
  • 73,400 lbs of wooden pallets
  • 65,200 lbs of wooden wire & cable reels
  • 54,400 lbs of retired brass water meters
  • 1,706,200 lbs of steel, aluminum and copper

Many of the above items could have ended up in a landfill, but our OUC employees have made a commitment “to do the right thing”, and bring these items to our centralized sorting areas to be measured and processed.

Going forward, OUC is planning a number of green initiatives. In November 2010, OUC introduced company-wide paper product recycling, Single Stream recycling (all bottles and cans in one bin) and continues to develop internal policies such as electronic document storage, online document review, double-sided printing and using recycled paper and office products.