Water and Light
Your trusted source of water and electricity for over 100 years.
Our mission is to deliver reliable, safe and cost effective water and electric service to meet our citizen owners' needs while providing exceptional customer service and environmental stewardship.
Columbia Water & Light was formed by voter approval in 1904. Since that time, the utility has been furnishing Columbians with low cost, reliable electricity and high quality water. Every customer is an owner of the utility and has a say in how the utility is run. Operational recommendations are made to the Council by the Water and Light Advisory Board. Final decisions concerning Columbia Water & Light are made by the City Council. The utility is run as a department of the City of Columbia. Contributions are made to city government in the form of a gross receipts tax, property tax and to the general fund for city services.
Customers: 48,644 (January 2016)
Peak electric load: 277 MW (August 2, 2011)
Sources of electricity 2014: Sikeston 34.5%, Prairie State 22.5, %, Iatan II 15.1%, MISO market 14.5%,Columbia Power Plant 4.9%, Crystal Lake wind 3.6%, Jefferson City landfill gas 1.8, Bluegrass Ridge wind 1.2%, Columbia landfill gas 1.1%, Columbia Energy Center 0.8%. (Note: the percentages are rounded. Solar energy accounted for 0.05%)
Renewable energy for 2014: Renewable energy total was 86,405 megawatt hours or 7.22% of the electric portfolio.
Average Electric Service Availability Index: 99.9876
Average residential usage: 805 kilowatt hours (kWh) a month (for non-electric heating customers)
Electric territory: Territorial agreement with Boone Electric for the Columbia/Boone County area. Download the electric service territory map in a .pdf file.
Miles of overhead lines: 284 (October 2014)
Miles of underground lines: 523 (October 2014)
Street lights: Total of 9,249 (October 2014)
Dusk to dawn lights: Total of 2,581 (October 2014)
Customers: 47,891 (January 2016)
Source of water: Groundwater from an alluvial aquifer
Peak water use day: 25.3 million gallons (July 25, 2012)
Average daily pumping rate: 12 million gallons (2014)
Average water use: 7 cubic hundred feet (CCF) for the year, average winter use is 6 CCF and summer is 9 CCF.
Water Territory: 89.18 miles of service area, both inside and outside of the city limits
Water supply mains: 689 miles (October 2014)
Fire hydrants: 5,776 (October 2014)
ISO rating: 3