Department of Public Utilities

Philo Shelton
Utilities Manager, Philo S. Shelton, III, P.E.

Operating under the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Public Utilities, the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is a customer service oriented municipal utility that provides electric, gas, water and sewer services for County residents and businesses and provides wholesale electric and water services to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
After-hours Emergencies: Call Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222

In-person Customer Care Center Transactions: As of April 5, 2021, limited in-person assistance is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


DPU price for natural gas increases
The cost of natural gas rose significantly in the middle of February. As a result, Los Alamos customers can expect to pay more for gas consumed beginning this month according to officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The charge of $0.55 per therm in March was raised to $1.22 per therm on April 8. This charge could continue for the next four to six months.
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Advanced Metering Infrastructure
Utility Metering Solutions (UMS), under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, began installing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for the County of Los Alamos starting the week of March 15. AMI is a method of using radio communication technology to read meters remotely without having to physically access the meters on customers’ properties.
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Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020
The Department of Public Utilities has issued its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020. You can read it here.
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White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility Construction
Los Alamos Dept of Public Utilities is seeking public comment on the following project: DPU proposes to construct a water resource recovery facility to replace the existing White Rock wastewater treatment facility. DPU has been granted funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan program.
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Carbon Free Power Project (Small Modular Nuclear Reactor)
The Board of Public Utilities and the County Council voted on August 19 and 25 in favor of the County's continued participation in the development of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP). The next off-ramp decision will be in 2023.
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Contact Info



1000 Central Ave., Suite 130

Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Customer Care In-Person-Suspended Due to Recent COVID Health Order