LUS was created to improve the quality of life of Lafayette residents. In 1896, a majority of the population petitioned the mayor and city council to call an election.
"We the undersigned constituting more than one-third of the property taxpayers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, Louisiana, believing that a water supply and means of lighting our town and streets are urgent public necessities, and understanding the established rates of taxation to be insufficient to obtain these benefits, hereby petition you as the governing body of said town to levy and collect an increased rate of taxation, . . . for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a waterworks and electric light-system therein. . ."
By 1897, the Grant Street plant was completed and generating electricity. Water and wastewater services followed soon after.
Lafayette Utilities System has a long and proud history of serving the people of Lafayette. We are your next door neighbors and we care about the same things you do: reasonable utility rates and reliable, quality services that can protect our families and make our community better. LUS offers quality electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications services, and because we are customer owned and operated, our customers have the power to control our standard of service.
LUS employs more than 550 people (including LUS Fiber) and is the largest department of the Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG). The main benefit the Lafayette community enjoys from owning its utility is having one of the lowest residential electric utility rates in the state. LUS is an integral part of our community and helps to keep Lafayette taxes low. Approximately $22 million of in-lieu-of-tax (ILOT) is transferred to the Consolidated Government General Fund each year. This ILOT contribution supports services like police and fire protection, parks and recreation, and community development.
Lafayette Consolidated Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, income, gender, age, and disability in access to, or operation of its programs, services, activities or in its hiring or employment practices. Click here to review LCG's ADA and Title VI Plans.