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How winter water use affects your future bills

The first tier in Denver Water’s rate structure charges for indoor water use. We calculate this by averaging your monthly water consumption on bills dated January, February and March. This is your average winter consumption, and it is recalculated each year.

For the rest of the year, the amount of water you use up to your average winter consumption is charged at the lowest rate. For residential customers, the lowest average winter consumption possible is 5,000 gallons and the maximum is 15,000.

If you are assigned the minimum average winter consumption of 5,000 gallons, this does not mean you will be charged for 5,000 gallons if you use less than that. It just means that the water you use each month up to 5,000 gallons will be charged at the lowest rate.  

Learn more about your 2019 water rates.