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2020 Residential Water Rates

New water rates start Jan. 1

The Denver Board of Water Commissioners on Oct. 23, 2019, adopted rate changes to pay for critical upgrades and projects to keep its system operating efficiently. The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2020, and would increase monthly bills for most residents by about $1 if they use water at similar volumes to 2019.

All residential customers will see a slight increase on both the fixed monthly charge and the price per gallon. Inside Denver, a customer using 103,000 gallons as they did in 2019 would see an overall rise in the monthly bill of about $1. Customers outside the city using that volume would see a monthly increase between $1.15 and $1.36 per month.

Denver Water’s proposed five-year, $1.3 billion capital plan includes about 140 major projects. The projects are focused on maintaining or upgrading infrastructure and ensuring the utility has the flexibility needed to ensure a reliable water supply as weather patterns in the future veer from the past and the population grows.

Residential Treated Water Rates

For meters read on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

2020 Residential Rates: Inside City of Denver

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $16.13
1″ $22.72
1 1⁄2″ $43.17
2″ $71.54
3″ $152.02
4″ $264.83
6″ $588.07
8″ $1,039.95
10″ $1,621.12
12″ $2,332.29

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Single-Family Residential Customers

Tier Monthly consumption (gallons) Rate per 1,000 gallons
Tier 1 0 to average winter consumption (AWC) — see Note 3 $2.36
Tier 2 AWC + 15,000 $4.25
Tier 3 Greater than AWC + 15,000 $5.66

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $3.80
2″ $6.34
4″ $9.79
6″ $13.99
8″ $24.48
10″ $34.97
12″ $55.96
16″ $139.90
   
Fire Hydrants $13.99

2020 Residential Rates: Outside City — Read & Bill

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $16.13
1″ $22.72
1 1⁄2″ $43.17
2″ $71.54
3″ $152.02
4″ $264.83
6″ $588.07
8″ $1,039.95
10″ $1,621.12
12″ $2,332.29

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Single-Family Residential Customers

Tier Monthly consumption (gallons) Rate per 1,000 gallons
Tier 1 0 to average winter consumption (AWC) — see Note 3 $2.72
Tier 2 AWC + 15,000 $4.90
Tier 3 Greater than AWC + 15,000 $6.53

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $2.57
2″ $4.29
4″ $6.63
6″ $9.47
8″ $16.56
10″ $23.66
12″ $37.86
16″ $94.65
   
Fire Hydrants $9.47

2020 Residential Rates: Outside City — Total Service

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $16.13
1″ $22.72
1 1⁄2″ $43.17
2″ $71.54
3″ $152.02
4″ $264.83
6″ $588.07
8″ $1,039.95
10″ $1,621.12
12″ $2,332.29

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Single-Family Residential Customers

Tier Monthly consumption (gallons) Rate per 1,000 gallons
Tier 1 0 to average winter consumption (AWC) — see Note 3 $3.68
Tier 2 AWC + 15,000 $6.62
Tier 3 Greater than AWC + 15,000 $8.83

Private Fireline

Fireline Size (inches) Monthly Charge
1″ $4.00
2″ $6.68
4″ $10.32
6″ $14.74
8″ $25.80
10″ $36.86
12″ $58.97
16″ $147.42
   
Fire Hydrants $14.74

2020 Treated Water Rates: Outside City — Wholesale

Monthly Fixed Charges, $ per Bill

Meter Size (inches) Monthly Charge
5⁄8″ & 3⁄4″ $16.13
1″ $22.72
1 1⁄2″ $43.17
2″ $71.54
3″ $152.02
4″ $264.83
6″ $588.07
8″ $1,039.95
10″ $1,621.12
12″ $2,332.29

Treated Water Volume Rates, $ per 1,000 gallons

Customer Class Rate per 1,000 gallons
Master Meter $4.37
Outside the Combined Service Area $4.55


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. Single-Family AWC: A customer’s average winter consumption (AWC) is used to determine the tier 1 threshold. The AWC is determined by averaging the customer’s monthly water consumption on bills dated January, February and March, which is a way of determining essential indoor water use. Denver Water has set the tier 1 minimum threshold at 5,000 gallons and a maximum of 15,000 gallons. For example, if the customer’s AWC is less than 5,000 gallons, tier 1 is 0 to 5,000 gallons. If the AWC is over 15,000 gallons, tier 1 is 0 to 15,000 gallons. Volume rates are applied to actual monthly usage.