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About TPU

Vintage Photo of Tacoma Public Utilities Building


Tacoma Public Utilities provides services that are vital to our quality of life.

About Us

  • Publicly owned since 1893

  • Largest department in Tacoma City government  

  • Operates entirely from revenues from sale of services, not from taxes 
  • Governed by the Public Utility Board, the members of which appoint the Director of Utilities
  • Approximately 1,350 employees
  • View our publications, including the Annual Report and Quick Facts