Welcome to Tupelo Water & Light Department
At Tupelo Water & Light Department, our mission is to supply safe, reliable and cost-effective utility service to our community. We provide electric, water and wastewater services to approximately 15,000 residences, businesses and industry in Tupelo and parts of Lee County.
Power In Tupelo
Tupelo Water & Light Department enjoys the distinct honor of being the first city in American to receive electricity from the landmark Tennessee Valley Authority in 1934. Today, Tupelo remains on the cutting edge of regional public power supply. The benefits of the progressive program touch every aspect of residents’ lives. Ample, inexpensive electricity has made Tupelo one of the more brightly lit cities in the country, glimmering like a small constellation in the night. It contributes to a low crime rate, promotes traffic safety, and makes for an aesthetically pleasing and inviting city after dark. The early success of Tupelo’s program led other cities throughout the Tennessee Valley to follow Tupelo’s lead and TVA today remains the cheapest source of power available in the region.
A Public Utility
Tupelo Water & Light Department operates as a self-sustaining arm of city government. The company is a public utility whose assets and operations are paid for through its utility rates — not tax money. The day-to-day operation of the water and electrical power distribution systems of Tupelo is supervised by a General Manager who is employed by Tupelo’s Mayor and City Council. The General Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations.
Call before you dig
Whenever you need to dig call Mississippi One-Call at 800-227-6477 or 811, so that all underground utility lines can first be located.