Most utilities require a photo ID. You also must provide most utilities with a social security number and a credit release. Some require a signed closing letter or statement of lease. A statement of good status from your previous utility provider can be helpful for waving deposits.
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Water and Sewage:
Most central Arkansas water is provided by Central Arkansas Water (CAW), which also does the billing for Little Rock Wastewater.
To initiate service, call 501-372-5161. A deposit is required. You must be present when the meter is turned on, or you can turn on the meter yourself (they have instructions). There is a $15 activation fee. The deposit is equal to approximately a two-month average bill. Deposits can be waived for people with good credit who sign-up for automatic billing and are refunded after 12 months of on-time payments. CAW has an informative website.
Jacksonville and Maumelle have their own water companies. For Jacksonsville call 501-982-0581. For Maumelle, call 501-851-3077
Centerpoint provides natural gas to most customers in Little Rock. To initiate service, call 1-800-992-7552 or fill out a form online. In some cases, deposits of twice the expected monthly service fee are required. There is an activation fee of $37.
Entergy provides most of the electricity for Central Arkansas.
To setup service, you can fill out an online form or call 1-800-368-3749. The deposit required is $215.
For North Little Rock, North Little Rock Electric Department provides some service. Call 501-975-8888. Their deposit is $100.
AT&T provides landline telephones to Little Rock. To set-up new service, call 1-800-464-7928.
Installation is $45, but prices can vary depending on the home's current setup.
Cable, Broadband and Television:
Central Arkansas has several options for cable and Internet. The two most common choices are Comcast Cable Xfinity (which also provides broadband Internet) and AT&T U-Verse (which can be bundled with TV, Internet and phone). To setup service with ATT, visit their website or call 1-800-288-2020 (not all options will be available in all locations). To set up service with Comcast, visit their website or call 1-800-934-6489.
Other options are Suddenlink (Internet and television) and Windstream (Internet only). Fidelity Cable (Internet and television) is also available in some cities (and it's the only cable choice in a few cities in central Arkansas).
Trash and Recycling:
You don't have to setup trash services, but it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with schedules and holidays. Here are the websites for the local solid waste departments.