The Washington Public Utility Districts Association represents 27 nonprofit, community-owned utilities that provide electricity, water and wastewater services, and wholesale telecommunications to more than 1.7 million people in Washington. In October 2007, WPUDA moved into its new headquarters in Olympia, the first new-construction office building in the state to receive “platinum” designation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.. Watch video.
Public Utility Districts are are nonprofit, locally regulated utilities that are created by a vote of the people. They were authorized in 1930 by a voter-approved initiative. Their charter under state law is to “conserve the water and power resources of the State of Washington for the benefit of the people thereof, and to supply public utility service, including water and electricity for all uses."