Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division

Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) - the largest three-service municipal utility in the nation - partnered with the Greater Memphis Chamber to help foster economic development in the Memphis community in 1979. MLGW economic development staff members are housed within the Chamber's offices to assist with existing business retention and expansion, prospect development, and business research. For more information, please visit



MLGW purchases electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a federal agency. With approximately 421,000 customers, MLGW is the largest distributor in the TVA region, purchasing approximately 11% of TVA's power.

Natural Gas

MLGW's distribution network is more than 4,650 miles in length and provides 30 billion cubic feet of gas each year to its 320,000 customers. Large industrial customers have the option of firm service, interruptible service, or transportation service for privately purchased gas.

Liquefied Natural Gas Plant (LNG)

MLGW operates an LNG storage facility, which allows for the storage of gas during the summer periods of low usage and then is used as a reserve during winter peak periods. The facility stores one billion cubic feet in an above-ground storage tanks. MLGW also sells LNG from this plant as vehicle fuel as well as maintains 5.8 billion cubic feet of underground natural gas storage.


MLGW owns and operates one of the largest artesian water systems in the world. With 100 trillion gallons of water, there is an abundant supply of naturally pure, high-quality water that will accommodate the daily needs of a city several times the size of Memphis.On a peak day, MLGW can supply approximately 250 million gallons of water to more than 250,000 customers. MLGW also operates 10 water pumping stations and over 175 wells in Shelby County. 


Wastewater is provided by the City of Memphis’ Public Works Department. Total system treatment capacity is 225 million gallons (MGD) per day. Currently, the daily usage is well under capacity at 165 million gallon per day The city maintains about 2,600 miles of sanitary sewers, 100 sewer lift stations, 80,000 manholes, seven major floods control pumping stations, 14 reservoirs, flood walls, and earthen levees within its service area.


With hundreds of millions of dollars in investment by public and private organizations into local communications technology, Memphis is an international leader in telecommunications services and one of the first United States cities with broad availability of services, a top quality workforce and incentives to help your company grow:

  • Total self-healing fiber optics network in place.
  • 100% of the city's central offices are served by fiber optics, and a Local Area Network (LAN) encircles the downtown business district.
  • More than 5,800 telecommunications workers

11 Fiber Optic Providers

Local Fiber Providers 

Companies have many choices in the Memphis area for fiber and bandwidth services. Eleven companies – including AT&TLevel 3 Communications, and Zayo Bandwidth - provide large enterprise and small businesses with cloud services for voice and storage as well as internet access and co-location services. 


Several rate and tax incentives are available from Memphis Light, Gas and Water and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Click here to see a list.


MLGW Economic Development / 901.543.3562 / email
Greater Memphis Chamber Economic Development Department / 901.543.3541 / email