After the Blizzard of 1888, government commanded that utilities in Manhattan be put under ground.
Funds earmarked for G-8 events have ensured that basic infrastructure such as roads and utilities are in place here.
Between taxes and utilities, it's only about 40 grand a year to keep lit and heated, and you'll always have visitors.
late 14c., "fact of being useful," from Old French utilite "usefulness" (late 13c.), earlier utilitet (12c.), from Latin utilitatem (nominative utilitas) "usefulness, serviceableness, profit," from utilis "usable," from uti (see use (v.)). As a shortened form of public utility it is recorded from 1930.