The Nebraska Legislature created the Metropolitan Utilities District in the early 1900s as a political subdivision of the State to provide water and natural gas to the metropolitan Omaha area.
The District is governed by a board of seven directors, elected by our customer-owners. The board meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at 1723 Harney Street unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public.
Three basic features distinguish publicly-owned utilities from investor-owned utilities:
• Low rates;
• Service from those who work and live in the community, and
• Control over utility policies by community members.
Investor-owned utilities must divide their focus between stockholders and customers. Most of what is done by private utilities will be done to maximize shareholder returns.
Our 100-year history as a public utility shows we focus only on our customers—meeting their gas and water needs—and their expectations of service at a cost that is among the lowest in the Midwest.
With a publicly-owned utility, you have a say in how your utility is run through elected board members and/or your attendance at public meetings. With a publicly-owned utility, there is a source of local employment for area residents, and service by your neighbors, friends or relatives who care about the community as much as you do.