How Water and Sewer Rates are Calculated
Water rates are calculated annually, based on at least 3 years of historical costs; current costs and projected costs as well as historical, current and projected customer usage. Our rate model program then calculates the rates based on our need as an enterprise to cover the costs of operations, annual debt payments as well as a reserve to repair or upgrade our existing water mains. The rates are approved by our Board.
In the summer of 2014, the Town embarked on a study to review the Town’s water and sewer rates as well as the Town’s Plant Investment Fees (PIFs). After a request for proposal was issued, the Town hired Raftelis Financial Consultants for this study. The rates for water and sewer as well as PIFs are based on this study. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Treasurer if you would like more information regarding this study.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your water bill, please contact our Utility Billing Department at 303-258-3266 Ext. 4010.
Water and Sewer Base Rates
This fee is determined by the number of uses (units) and is billed monthly (for Commercial) and quarterly (for Residential) whether you have water usage (consumption) or not. It pays for the direct costs related to meter reading, customer service including billing, a portion of administrative costs and equipment, and the service related costs including routine water main maintenance. Additionally, it pays for annual debt payments as well as a reserve to repair or upgrade our existing water mains and treatment infrastructure.
A multiple dwelling unit exists if any of the following conditions exist, and will be billed for each use (unit):
- There is more than one (1) meter for any utility;
- There is more than one (1) address to the property;
- There is more than one (1) kitchen in the building;
- There are separate external entrances to rooms which could be used as separate dwelling units;
- There is a physical separation between rooms in the dwelling unit, capable of being locked, such that a room or rooms on each side of the separation could be used as a dwelling unit;
- There are rooms with no internal connections.
2022 Water and Sewer Rates
Water and sewer usage (consumption) rates are calculated based on the amount of water used/consumed monthly or quarterly. This pays for our state licensed personnel to treat and test your water, treatment equipment and other costs related to meeting state and federal Water Quality standards. Other costs paid from this charge are for general administration, accounting, engineering and all other operating expenses not paid by the Water and Sewer Base Fees.
|Water Base Fee - Monthly||Sewer Base Fee - Monthly||Water Usage per 1,000 gallons||Sewer Usage per 1,000 gallons|
|All Meter Sizes - Per Use||$21.03||$54.29||$9.81||$9.22|
|Out of Town||$31.55||$81.44||$14.72||$13.83|
|Sewer Only - In Town||N/A||$108.58||N/A||N/A|
|Water Base Fee - Quarterly||Sewer Base Fee - Quarterly||Water Usage per each 1,000 gallons||Sewer Usage per 1,000 gallons|
|All Meter Sizes - Per Use||$41.25||$145.98||See Tiered Rates Below||$9.22|
|Tiered Water Usage - In Town:|
|0 - 3,000 gallons||$8.59|
|3,001 - 14,000 gallons||$12.88|
|14,001 & more||$17.18|
|Out of Town||$61.88||$218.97||See Tiered Rates Below||$13.83|
|Tiered Water Usage - Out of Town:|
|0 - 3,000 gallons||$12.89|
|3,001 - 14,000 gallons||$19.32|
|14,001 & more||$25.77|
|Sewer Only - In Town||N/A||$291.96||N/A||N/A|