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New water rates start January 1st

On October 23, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted rate changes to pay for critical upgrades and projects to keep its system operating efficiently. The new rates take effect January 1, 2020. 

Denver Water’s five-year proposed $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 guarantee a reliable water supply as weather patterns in the future deviate from the past and the population grows.

A water bill is comprised of a fixed charge that helps ensure Denver Water has a stable revenue to continue the necessary water system upgrades to ensure reliable service, and a volume rate for the amount of water used. All residential customers will see a slight increase on both the fixed monthly charge and the price per gallon.

Beginning January 1, 2020, fixed monthly charges will rise to $16.13 per month for residential customers who have a ¾ inch meter. 

District customers outside the city will see a monthly increase approximately $1.15 per month. The amounts are based on residents who use 103,000 gallons of water a year.

Water rates per 1,000 gallons for District customers in 2020 are shown in the following chart.

Over the next few months, customers will see more information about the 2020 rates in their bills and on Denver Water’s website. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this rate increase, please call Denver Water Customer Service at 303-893-2444.