Facts About Vera

We serve about 25,000 people in the Spokane Valley. Our job as a publicly-owned, not-for-profit utility is to deliver safe, reliable electricity and water at the lowest price possible while responsibly managing our resources, our employees, and our environment.

As a distribution utility, we don’t make the products we deliver to you. The water comes from the Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer and others generate the electricity.

Our electric supply

Most of Vera’s power comes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which generates power from dams on the Columbia, Snake and other Northwest rivers. When we need more power than is available from BPA, we receive power from the Northwest Intergovernmental Energy Supply (NIES), an organization comprised of a group of publicly-owned utilities that have banded together to supply power beyond what is available from BPA. More than 60 percent of what you pay us goes straight to BPA. A rate increase from BPA has a dramatic effect on the rates our customers are charged.

Our water supply

The water we provide is pumped from the Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer and then treated through a chlorination system. We pump water from 10 wells located throughout the district. All the wells are tied together through a pipe system — you may be receiving water from our oldest well, dug by hand in 1908, or our newest well, located at 24th and Adams, which started in 2013.

How we are governed

Vera Water and Power is organized, and operates, under Chapter 87 of the Revised Code of the State of Washington. Financial and other records are audited annually by the Washington State Auditor, which are available to the public during office hours.

Vera is governed by a five-person board of directors who meet the second Wednesday of each month at the District office, located at 601 N. Evergreen Rd.

Our mission

To provide our customers the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost, while responsibly managing our resources, our employees, and our environment.