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1918 versus 2018

Measuring the Mile High City by gallons, dollars and miles today and a century ago.

It probably goes without saying that a lot changes in the course of 100 years. Not many of us were around in 1918, when voters decided to buy the Denver Union Water Company for $14 million and form the municipal agency now known as Denver Water.

So, we thought we’d take a look back and compare what things were like back then, and how much has changed.

In some cases, like water rates, things have changed so much that we couldn’t even do an apples-to-apples comparison. Read, “Nickels and dimes: Water rates a century ago” to explore a water rates card from 1917.

Here’s what we could compare:

Then and Now graphic.