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2018 Rates

Rates Effective March 1

In November 2017, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted rate changes to fund essential repairs and upgrades to Denver Water’s system, effective March 1, 2017.

There are 162 major projects identified in Denver Water’s capital plan, ranging from replacing aging pipes and failing underground storage tanks to upgrading water treatment facilities, warehouses and mechanical shops.

These projects, in addition to Denver Water’s expenses associated with day-to-day operations and unplanned work, like water main breaks, are funded by water rates, bond sales, cash reserves, hydropower sales and fees for new service (called System Development Charges).

The need to raise rates in 2018

Denver Water is upgrading and modernizing the northern portion of our water system that was built in the 1930s. We are building a new water treatment plant, installing a new pipeline and redeveloping our Moffat Treatment Plant site (pictured).

To keep water affordable and to encourage efficiency, Denver Water’s rate structure includes three tiers based on how much water you use. Indoor water use — for bathing, cooking and flushing toilets — is essential for human life, and is charged at the lowest rate. Efficient outdoor water use is charged in the second tier (middle rate), followed by inefficient outdoor water use in the third tier (highest rate).

In addition to variable charges based on water use, the rate structure also includes a monthly fixed charge based on the size of your water meter.

Why are we raising rates?

Denver Water employees work around the clock to run a large, intricate system that spans 12 counties across Colorado. With a five-year, $1.25 billion capital plan, we’re staying on top of the upgrades and new projects needed to keep our system running.

To keep up with this necessary work, we are increasing the monthly fixed charge on your bill to help us balance revenue over the year so we can repair and upgrade our system. This means we are relying less on revenue from customers’ water use, which has become harder to predict in recent years given more frequent and extreme weather fluctuations.

Bill impacts

In 2018, every customer will see an increase to their monthly fixed charge.

To help offset the increased fixed monthly charge, the monthly rate per 1,000 gallons for many customers will decrease in 2018.

Being water efficient brings benefits

We will always encourage efficient water use. Without question, if our customers didn’t use water as efficiently as they do, rates would be higher.

Why?

Because we’d have to build more treatment and distribution facilities to keep up with the demand.

For example, customer conservation efforts saved Denver Water an estimated $155 million on a new treatment plant and storage facility because it doesn’t have to be as big as originally estimated. That’s $155 million we don’t have to recover through rates and charges.

Your 2018 water rates at work

After this water main break in Denver on Jan. 28, 2017, Denver Water engineers started design and coordination to replace the 24-inch-diameter pipe. The five-year capital plan invests more than $100 million to repair and replace water mains.

In 2018, Denver Water will continue work on projects that are part of the five-year, $1.25 billion capital improvement plan. Denver Water is staying on top of the upgrades and new projects needed to keep this system running. Some specific projects include:

North System Renewal

Denver Water’s North System was constructed in the 1930s, when the surrounding area was mostly farmland. Now, 80 years later, the North System is reaching the end of its lifespan. With a projected cost of more than $650 million, the project includes upgrading pipes and valves inside Ralston Dam, building an 8.5-mile water pipeline, repurposing Moffat Treatment Plant and building the new Northwater Treatment Plant.

Hillcrest Storage Tank Replacement project

The $100 million project replaces two aging and outdated tanks that were built on the same site in the 1960s. Crews are constructing three brand new, 15-million-gallon treated water storage reservoirs and a pump station to send that water throughout our system.

Pipe replacement

The five-year capital plan invests more than $100 million to repair and replace old water mains. Some of the pipes in the system date back to the 1890s, and Denver Water has more than 3,000 miles of pipe in the ground.

Questions about how 2018 rates affect your bill?

If you’d like to talk about your bill, contact Denver Water’s Customer Care team at 303-893-2444. A representative will help you calculate impacts to your bill based on your own water-use information.

Did you know?

Hillcrest water storage facility

Denver Water has worked since 2016 to replace two existing 15-million-gallon rectangular storage tanks with three 15-million-gallon circular “post-tensioned” concrete tanks at the Hillcrest water storage facility in southeast Denver. The $100 million project, which also includes a new pump station, is scheduled to be done in 2020.

Treated Water Rates

For meters read on or after March 1, 2018.

2018 Business Treated Water Rates: Inside City of Denver

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Nonresidential Customers

Tier Monthly consumption (gallons) Rate per 1,000 gallons
Tier 1 0 to average winter consumption (AWC) — see Notes 3 and 4 $2.60
Tier 2 AWC to 4 × AWC $3.64
Tier 3 Greater than 4 × AWC $4.16

Irrigation Only Customers

  Rate per 1,000 gallons
Winter (Nov. 1 through April 30) $1.34
Summer (May 1 through October 31) $5.36

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $3.78
2″ $6.31
4″ $9.74
6″ $13.92
8″ $24.36
10″ $34.80
12″ $55.68
16″ $139.20
   
Fire Hydrants $13.92

2018 Business Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Read & Bill

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Nonresidential Customers

Tier Monthly consumption (gallons) Rate per 1,000 gallons
Tier 1 0 to average winter consumption (AWC) — see Notes 3 and 4 $3.12
Tier 2 AWC to 4 × AWC $4.37
Tier 3 Greater than 4 × AWC $4.99

Irrigation Only Customers

  Rate per 1,000 gallons
Winter (Nov. 1 through April 30) $1.42
Summer (May 1 through October 31) $5.68

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $2.55
2″ $4.26
4″ $6.58
6″ $9.41
8″ $16.46
10″ $23.51
12″ $37.62
16″ $94.06
   
Fire Hydrants $9.41

2018 Business Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Total Service

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Nonresidential Customers

Tier Monthly consumption (gallons) Rate per 1,000 gallons
Tier 1 0 to average winter consumption (AWC) — see Notes 3 and 4 $3.78
Tier 2 AWC to 4 × AWC $5.29
Tier 3 Greater than 4 × AWC $6.05

Irrigation Only Customers

  Rate per 1,000 gallons
Winter (Nov. 1 through April 30) $1.85
Summer (May 1 through October 31) $7.40

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $3.90
2″ $6.51
4″ $10.06
6″ $14.37
8″ $25.14
10″ $35.92
12″ $57.47
16″ $143.68
   
Fire Hydrants $14.37

2018 Business Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Wholesale

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Customer Class Rate per 1,000 gallons
Master Meter $4.09
Outside the Combined Service Area $4.55

Nonpotable Water Rates

For meters read on or after March 1, 2018. 

2018 Business Nonpotable Water Rates: Inside City of Denver

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill*

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

*Monthly fixed charges not applicable to Raw Water customers.

Nonpotable Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Customer Class Rate per 1,000 gallons Rate per acre foot
Recycled $0.99 $322.59
Raw Water $0.67 $218.32

2018 Business Nonpotable Water Rates: Outside City

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill*

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

*Monthly fixed charges not applicable to Raw Water customers.

Nonpotable Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Customer Class Rate per 1,000 gallons Rate per acre foot
Recycled N/A N/A
Raw Water $0.98 $319.33

2018 Business Nonpotable Water Rates: Outside Combined Service Area

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill*

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.39
1″ $21.44
1 1⁄2″ $40.16
2″ $66.14
3″ $139.84
4″ $243.14
6″ $539.15
8″ $952.97
10″ $1,485.18
12″ $2,136.45

*Monthly fixed charges not applicable to Raw Water customers.

Nonpotable Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Customer Class Rate per 1,000 gallons Rate per acre foot
Recycled $1.11 $361.69
Raw Water $1.05 $342.14


Notes

  1. Applicability: See Chapter 2 of Denver Water’s Operating Rules.
  2. Payment: Bills are due and payable to Denver Water upon issuance. Monthly bills are delinquent 20 days after the billing date. Late charges will be assessed per Denver Water policy.
  3. Nonresidential AWC: The tier 1 threshold is based on each customer’s average winter consumption (AWC). This represents demands during the system off-peak period. The AWC is determined by averaging the customer’s monthly water consumption on bills dated January, February and March. Volume rates are applied to actual monthly usage. Tier 2 is equal to 4 times the customer’s AWC. Tier 3 is for usage in excess of 4 times the AWC.
  4. Small Multifamily: The small multifamily class (duplex through 5-plex) is included in the nonresidential class.