Fresh water is supplied for commercial and industrial needs by Burke County; the City of Morganton; the City of Hickory; the towns of Valdese and Drexel; and several water corporations

  • Morganton water treatment plant capacity: 18 MGD (2018 excess capacity: 9.2 MGD)
  • Valdese water treatment plant capacity: 12 MGD (2018 excess capacity: 5 MGD)

Sanitary Sewer

Sanitary sewer is supplied for commercial and industrial expansions by Burke County; the City of Morganton; the towns of Valdese and Drexel

  • Morganton waste treatment facility capacity: 13 MGD (2018 excess capacity: 5.8 MGD)
  • Valdese waste treatment facility capacity: 7.5 MGD (2018 excess capacity: 1.92 MGD)
  • The City of Hickory treats sanitary sewer from a portion of Burke County


Electricity is supplied by Duke Energy, Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation (REMC), the City of Morganton and the Town of Drexel

  • Duke Energy
    • Investor owned
    • Rates regulated by the NC Utilities Commission
    • Industrial rates are among the lowest in the Southeast
    • Rated as the number one utility in the country by Edison Electric Institute
    • Serve over 1.4 million customers in North and South Carolina
  • REMC
    • Owned by members
    • Rates set by the Board of Directors
    • Serves approximately 12,000 customers in the rural areas of Burke County
  • Morganton and Drexel
    • Owned by their respective local governmental units
    • Legislative bodies set rates

Natural Gas

Available throughout the majority of the Interstate 40 corridor from Piedmont Natural Gas Company