Public utility district

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In the United States, a public utility district (PUD) is a special-purpose district or other governmental jurisdiction that provides public utilities (such as electricity, natural gas, sewage treatment, waste collection/management, wholesale telecommunications, water) to the residents of that district.[1]

PUDs are created by a local government body, such as a city, county, or metropolitan service area (two or more communities joining together for public utility purposes). Normally the districts are non-profit.[2]

PUDs are often governed by a commission, which may be appointed or elected.

Municipal Utility Districts (MUD) are similar but have taxation authority.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us". Cypress Forest Public Utility. Cypress Forest Public Utility. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Slechta, Alfred F., and Gordon L. Culp. "Water reclamation studies at the South Tahoe public utility district." Journal (Water Pollution Control Federation) (1967): 787-814.

Further Reading[edit]

  • County, Of Jefferson. "Public Utility District#." AGENDA (2010).