Atlantic Municipal Utilities is an electric and water utility, owned by the community of Atlantic, Iowa. The utility was established in April of 1876, when an election was held to approve the establishment of a municipal water supply system. In July of 1890, local citizens approved an additional measure, to establish an electric utility, and place it under the governance of the Waterworks Board of Trustees. This Board?s official name then became the Board of Waterworks and Electric Power Plant Trustees.
AMU serves approximately 3,300 water customers, mostly within the city limits of Atlantic. Nine wells provide a more than ample supply of high quality water, which is treated then delivered via some 55 miles of pipe throughout the service area. Two water towers store some 750,000 gallons of water, which provides fire protection for the entire community.
AMU?s electric system consists of its generation, transmission, substation and distribution assets. Our power supply consists of 17.25 megawatts (17,250 kilowatts) ownership in the coal-fired Council Bluffs Unit #3, approximately 8 megawatts of power purchases from the federal hydroelectric facilities on the Missouri River, and two generators located in Atlantic, one 4 megawatt and one 10 megawatt unit.