Brookings Has a Strong Infrastructure That’s Prepared for Growth

In addition to connectivity via the interstate, rail and airport, Brookings has a strong local infrastructure that supports South Dakota State University, growing companies and residents working from home. Utilities are state-of-the-art and priced below the national average (Best Places).


Brookings Utilities provides electric service to the city of Brookings and operates the distribution system. A large and small commercial rate pricing structure is provided for businesses depending on their peak demand.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is supplied to the Brookings community by Northwestern Energy.  Northwestern's system includes approximately 7,700 miles of transmission and distribution pipelines and storage facilities serving 168 communities in Montana, South Dakota, and central Nebraska.


Swiftel Communications provides video, voice, data, wireless networks, cable service and VOIP to Brookings with fiber-to-the-premises throughout the city.

Other providers of voice, digital cable TV and high-speed Internet service include Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative and Mediacom.

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Brookings receives its water supply from two main underground aquifers providing up to 7.5 million gallons of treated water each day. Four water towers located in the city along with two water treatment plants have a combined storage of 6.15 million gallons.

The Brookings Wastewater Treatment Plant, located three miles south of the city, is a 6 MGD, extended aeration, activated sludge treatment plant with a collection system made up of 84 miles of pipe and four lift stations. Visit Brookings Utilities for more information.

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