Columbus Water & Light maintains an electric distribution system that services over 2,813 customers in the City of Columbus and the Townships of Columbus and Elba. The purpose of this distribution system is "step down" the 69,000 volt power that is delivered to our substations via cross-state transmission lines from our power supplier, providing electricity to your home or business at the appropriate safe voltage.
Our electric utility staff is responsible for maintaining four substations with more than 60 miles of overhead and underground distribution lines.
Meter Reading & Billing
Gone are the days when a utility employee would walk to each and every meter to ‘read the meter’. Columbus Water & Light crew members collect usage data from your electric meter with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Our data collection devices read your meter from a distance and store that information in a format that is then downloaded into our billing software to help produce your monthly billing statement.
In some cases or during certain times of year, our data collection devices are not able to communicate with your meter to deliver consumption data. In that event, we provide you with an estimated billing statement. That estimate is based on your normal usage history for that time of year. Any difference between the amount actually used and the estimated amount billed is corrected automatically when the next regular meter reading is obtained. Ultimately, you pay only for the amount of energy actually used.