AUB Workers Fixing Power PoleAUB Power Department

Power Department Resources

  • 13,213 customers
  • 475 miles of power distribution lines

When you flip a light switch, you expect the lights to come on. That’s what you’re used to. That level of reliability is what AUB strives to maintain. For nearly 75 years, AUB has delivered reliable power and comfort to homes, businesses and industry in Athens and surrounding McMinn County. Our priority is serving our customers and our community. The job of maintaining the system to ensure this reliability involves monumental work that most people never see. Next time a rousing 2 a.m. lightning storm knocks the power out, know that our people are up in the buckets, fighting the wind and rain, doing whatever it takes to restore the power to the people of our community. AUB distributes electricity to Athens, Englewood, Niota and throughout much of surrounding McMinn County.


AUB Water Department

Water Department Resourceschild at fountain

  • 8,061 customers
  • 395 miles of water distribution lines

AUB has three water sources:


  1. The Ingleside Spring, which has been a source for decades
  2. Wells that tap an aquifer that runs parallel to Oostanaula Creek
  3. The Hiwassee Utility Commission.


AUB’s Vernon Wade Filter Plant off of Ingleside Avenue treats water from aquifer wells and Ingleside Spring. The Hiwassee Utility Commission Filter Plant treats water from the Hiwassee River. Chlorine is added to all source water, as a disinfectant, and fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay.


Five above ground reservoirs store treated water that is supplied to residential and commercial/industrial customers.



A "cross connection" is an actual or potential connection between a potable (water that is safe to drink) water system and any source or system containing water or other substances that is not safe and fit for human consumption. Types of contamination can include industrial process water, fire protection systems, medical facilities or irrigation systems. If your location has such a potential, a backflow prevention device is required to protect AUB's water supply from contaminants.


All commercial, industrial, and fire-protection customers are responsible for testing their own devices. This annual test helps protect AUB customers from potential water quality problems caused by cross-connection. Testing must be performed by state-certified testers. After testing has been performed, please forward the test reports to AUB for our records. If your device fails the initial test, the device needs to be repaired and re-tested.




AUB Natural Gas StationAUB Natural Gas Department

Natural Gas Department Resources

  • 6,201 customers
  • 390 miles of natural gas distribution lines

Natural gas is a fuel source known to be reliable and high performing. For many, whether heating a home, cooking a gourmet meal, or fueling industrial processes, there's nothing like the convenience and performance of natural gas. AUB offers competitive rates as well as special programs that can make natural gas benefit you at home or at work. With recent expansions of the lines, the satisfied customer base only continues to grow.



AUB Wastewater DepartmentAUB Wastewater Department

Wastewater Department Resources

  • 5,247 customers
  • 125 miles of collection system lines

Ensuring environmental stewardship for our community

AUB treats the waste from both industry and residential customers across the service region. To do so, we operate two wastewater treatment plants. Located on Alford Street the Oostanaula Plant is permitted to discharge 6 million gallons per day with peaks of up to twelve million gallons per day. The other facility, known as the North Mouse Creek plant, is located on Whittaker Road. It is designed and permitted to treat 1.2 million gallons per day with peaks of up to 3 million gallons per day.

Pictured: AUB's Oostanaula Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on Alford Street, is rated for 6 million gallons per day. 

 AUB Wastewater Testing

 Oostanaula Plant

Winner of the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association’s Continued Operational Excellence Award: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.


 Mouse Creek Plant

Winner of the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association’s Continued Operational Excellence Award: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.