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2019 Rates

New water rates start Feb. 1

In November 2018, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted rate changes to fund essential repairs and upgrades to Denver Water’s system, beginning Feb. 1, 2019.

There are 158 major projects identified in Denver Water’s five-year capital plan, ranging from replacing pipes and underground storage tanks to upgrading water treatment facilities and water pipe improvements. With rapidly changing technology, aging infrastructure, new regulations and a warming climate, the cost of running a complex water system continues to rise.

All of our costs, including day-to-day operations and unplanned work, such as main breaks, are paid for solely by rates and fees, not taxes.

2019 water rates

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 additional 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, $1.3 billion capital plan, we’re staying on top of the upgrades and new projects needed to keep this system running.

From replacing an average of 60,000 feet of water pipe each year to rehabilitating aging dams and storage tanks, Denver Water has always taken a proactive and strategic approach to upgrading infrastructure.

Bill impacts

We are slightly increasing the monthly fixed charge on your bill to ensure we are recovering 20 percent of our revenue from fixed charges, which helps us even out our revenues over the year. This means less reliance on revenues from how much water customers use, which has become increasingly difficult to predict in recent years given the more frequent and extreme weather fluctuations.

If you’re like most residential customers who have a 3/4-inch meter, the fixed monthly charge will increase from $15.39 to $15.94 per month. If you live in Denver, have a 3/4-inch meter, and use water the same way you did in 2018, you will see a monthly increase of 55 cents a month, which is an annual increase of $6.60.

If you live in the suburbs and get your water from one of our 65 distributors, your bill will be higher than Denver residents’. That’s because the Denver City Charter requires suburban customers to pay the full cost of service, plus an additional amount. The additional amount is added to the volumetric charges.

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.

No one likes paying higher bills, but consider the overall value of water — most Denver Water customers will still pay about $3 for 1,000 gallons of water.

Your 2019 water rates at work

In 2019, Denver Water will continue work on projects that are part of the five-year, $1.3 billion capital plan. Denver Water is staying on top of the upgrades and new projects needed to keep this system running. Some specific projects include:

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    Rendering of Northwater Treatment Plant
    We are building the new Northwater Treatment Plant, as seen in this rendering.
    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. The renewal 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.
     
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    Gross Reservoir
    The Gross Reservoir Expansion Project will raise the height of the existing dam by 131 feet, which will allow the capacity of the reservoir, pictured, to increase by 77,000 acre feet.
    Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. This major component of Denver Water’s long-term, multi-pronged approach (including promoting water efficiency, recycled water and responsible sourcing of new supply) will deliver safe, reliable water to the more than 1.4 million residents in our service area today and many of the projected 7.7 million who will call Colorado home by 2040. Additional water storage from the project will help prevent future shortfalls during droughts and helps offset an imbalance in our north-south collection 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 2019 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.

Did you know?

Part of your water bill supports the use of renewable energy in the form of hydropower. In fact, the seven hydroelectric plants in Denver Water’s system generate more than enough to power all of Denver Water's facilities, from pump stations to treatment plants. Learn more about our environmental stewardship at denverwaterTAP.org.

Treated Water Rates

For meters read on or after Feb. 1, 2019.

2019 Business Treated Water Rates: Inside City of Denver

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

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) $1.35
Summer (May 1 through October 31) $5.40

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

2019 Business Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Read & Bill

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

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 $3.15
Tier 2 AWC to 4 × AWC $4.41
Tier 3 Greater than 4 × AWC $5.04

Irrigation Only Customers

  Rate per 1,000 gallons
Winter (Nov. 1 through April 30) $1.47
Summer (May 1 through October 31) $5.88

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $2.54
2″ $4.24
4″ $6.55
6″ $9.36
8″ $16.38
10″ $23.40
12″ $37.43
16″ $93.58
   
Fire Hydrants $9.36

2019 Business Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Total Service

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

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 $3.99
Tier 2 AWC to 4 × AWC $5.59
Tier 3 Greater than 4 × AWC $6.38

Irrigation Only Customers

  Rate per 1,000 gallons
Winter (Nov. 1 through April 30) $1.98
Summer (May 1 through October 31) $7.92

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $3.99
2″ $6.65
4″ $10.28
6″ $14.69
8″ $25.71
10″ $36.72
12″ $58.76
16″ $146.90
   
Fire Hydrants $14.69

2019 Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Wholesale

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Customer Class Rate per 1,000 gallons
Master Meter $4.25
Outside the Combined Service Area $4.55

Nonpotable Water Rates

For meters read on or after Feb. 1, 2019.

2019 Nonpotable Water Rates: Inside City of Denver

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill*

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

*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 $0.71 $231.35

2019 Nonpotable Water Rates: Outside City

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill*

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

*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 $1.02 $332.37

2019 Nonpotable Water Rates: Outside Combined Service Area

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill*

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $15.94
1″ $22.26
1 1⁄2″ $41.85
2″ $69.02
3″ $146.11
4″ $254.15
6″ $563.76
8″ $996.59
10″ $1,553.25
12″ $2,234.43

*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 $1.10 $358.44


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.