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About Us

About Modern Electric Water Company

Modern Electric Water Company (Modern) is a  customer owned, not-for profit corporation, engaged in providing high quality, economical electric and water utility services for the benefit of residents and businesses in the Spokane Valley for more than 111 years.

Decisions are made by local leaders regarding the water and electric systems that are in the best interest of the customers. Modern is governed by a locally elected five-member Board of Directors, which is responsible for determining policy and serves as an advisory panel to the General Manager on all utility matters. The General Manager is responsible for day-to-day administration and operation of the utility.

The company provides electricity services to almost 10,000 customers and water services to 6,000 customers. Modern caters its services to residential, commercial and light industrial customers.  Further, the company purchases 100% of the power it sells from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

Our History – The 1905 Agreement

The 1905 Agreement between the Company and the landowners within its corporate boundary is the foundation on which Modern Electric Water Company operates. The Agreement details the rights and privileges afforded to each landowner in regards to water and electric service as well as the obligations of each party in the Agreement.

It details the provisions of water and electric services, and guarantees payment of all incurred debts through property lien rights. This ensures strong Company fiscal health and longevity so that all customers benefit from its conservative, cost-based operating model.

Initially, stock in the Company was granted on a per-acre basis, with one share of stock issued for each acre of land ownership. Today, landowners can vote their stock proportionally to the amount of land they own. Company stock and all of the provisions of this Agreement transfer to new owners and run in perpetuity with the land.

The Agreement was recorded in the Office of the Auditor of Spokane County, November 6th, 1905, in Book E, Page 267 of Contracts.

Our Mission

Modern Electric Water Company, a customer owned utility, strives to provide reliable and efficient electric and water services at the lowest possible cost.

Our Values

Modern Electric Water Company is a values-driven, results-focused electric and water utility whose core values are safety, honesty, integrity and genuine concern for those we serve and the community we live in.