Ketchikan Public Utilities
Ketchikan Public Utilities (KPU) welcomes you as a valued customer. KPU was created in 1932 when the City of Ketchikan purchased the Citizen’s Light and Power Company, which first started delivering power to Ketchikan in 1903. KPU is owned by the citizens of Ketchikan and makes every effort to be responsive to the needs and desires of the community.
Ketchikan’s primary power is provided by hydro power which helps keeps the islands powers bills low. But when the city is not getting enough rain, KPU does have to switch to diesel power..
Ketchikan Public Utilities presently only provides potable water to our customers located within the City Limits and only within the area between the United States Coast Guard Base south of Ketchikan to Ketchikan Ready-Mix to the north of town. Although the former Shoreline Service area is now within the City limits, KPU does not presently provide water service to that area. The individual property owners own and maintain their own systems. Plans are presently being developed to extend service northward to the Shoreline area and construction will begin when financing becomes available.
Similarly to the south and beyond the Coast Guard Base, the Mountain Point and Shoup Street service areas are served by a potable water system owned and operated by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The City of Saxman also owns and operates a municipal water system operating within its City limits. With those exceptions, everything else is privately owned and the individual property owners are responsible for their maintenance. This includes the Herring Cove Water Users Association that serves a limited number of residences located within the Herring Cove area.
An agreement is in place for bulk water sales by KPU to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The Borough has already constructed a water main connecting the Mountain Point and Shoup Street service areas that will ultimately connect to Ketchikan’s municipal water system at the southernmost City limit. In the interim, private water haulers with certified tank trucks deliver water to individual residences and businesses on an as-needed basis for a fee.
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