Fast Facts about PUD No. 1 of Whatcom County

Founded in 1936, the PUD has countywide authority in Whatcom County to supply water and electric services.  Eleven (11) other PUDs were formed in Washington State that same year.

The PUD first provided electric service in 1953 to the General Petroleum Refinery.

  • The PUD currently supplies one electrical customer and the PUD’s two water intake plants an average of 27 MWh of energy purchased from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
  • The PUD owns 15 miles of transmission/distribution lines and three substations.
  • The PUD’s electric system peak usage is 29.6 MWs.

The PUD first provided water service in the early 1960’s.  The PUD operates two water systems that:

  • Provide industrial grade (non-potable) water to the Cherry Point Industrial Area industries;
  • Provide irrigation water to approximately 50 customers;
  • Provide potable water and fire protection for large light-industrial park at Grandview/Interstate 5;
  • Total water treated/delivered: 5.4 billion gallons per year.

The PUD provides administrative services to other agencies for electric, water and financial needs.

  • Annual total cash flow in 2016 estimated at $20 million.
Learn more about Washington State Public Utility Districts and Whatcom County at the Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism sites.