Power and Natural Gas
The recent deregulation of the electric power industry in California insures that customers have choices, generally resulting in lower rates. Merced has both a major regional provider as well as a locally-owned public utility. Pacific Gas and Electric provides a wide variety of pricing options, competitive industrial rates, financial incentives, economic and financial analysis, and assistance with facility site location. Merced Irrigation District has recently undertaken an initiative to provide low-cost electric power to Merced, particularly industrial and commercial users. PG & E provides natural gas throughout Merced.
Water and Sewer
All domestic and industrial water is supplied by the City of Merced. The water source is groundwater and the current maximum pumping capacity is 57.6 million gallons per day (MGD). Maximum demand is 32 MGD, so water production capacity is available. The long-term water supply outlook for Merced is excellent with adequate sources available for growth.
The capacity of Merced’s wastewater (sewage) treatment plant is 10 MGD. Plans place the wastewater treatment plant at a capacity of 11.5 MGD by late 2010 and future potential capacity of 20 MGD by the time all upgrades are completed. Costs for sewer connections vary, based on the physical installation of pipe and strength of flow.
AT&T serves Merced with a highly sophisticated telecommunications network. State-of-the-art 5ESS switching equipment provides the most modern digital features, including Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) capability for simultaneous voice and data transmission. In addition, Pacific Bell has placed fiber optic facilities in Merced’s downtown business district and other strategic locations to serve the City’s current and future telecommunications needs.
Additionally, US Sprint supplies 100% digital fiber to Merced. Cellular telephone service is provided by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc...
Health Care Facilities
Health care in Merced means choices. More than 120 physicians offer more than 50 specialties to greater Merced residents. Mercy Medical Center Merced is the largest (176 beds) and most comprehensive acute care facility in Merced County. The Mercy Medical Dominican campus is another full service outpatient facility within the city. The Dominican campus is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Mercy Surgical and Diagnostic Center offers diagnostic services and outpatient surgery, and Merced Dialysis Center provides outpatient dialysis. Private urgent care centers offer alternatives to the hospital emergency room.
The new Mercy Medical hospital is currently under construction in north Merced. The development will offer a cancer research center, outpatient care and full emergency medical facilities. A partnership between the potential UC Merced medical school and new Mercy Medical Hospital is expected. The new state of the art hospital is only a short bike or bus ride from the UC Merced campus and north Merced residential subdivisions.
Street development and improvements, parks and recreation facilities, fire protection (Class 2 rating), and police protection are all provided by the City of Merced.