District News Articles

  2. Denver Water’s Board of Water Commissioners today approved a proposal to adjust water rates for 2009, maintaining the utility’s conservation-oriented pricing structure that provides lower rates for low water use and charges more for summer peak usage.
    The adjustments take effect Jan. 1, 2009.
    Platte Canyon customers will see an increase of $33.12 per year, on average. (Residential water bills are issued bi-monthly.) The effects of the changes on customer bills will vary depending upon the amount of water the customer uses - the more customers use, the more they will pay.  Please see table below for the amount of rate adjustment:
    Single-Family Residential Customers
    Monthly Billing / Usage (Gallons)
    Bimonthly Billing / Usage (Gallons)
    2008 Rate per 1,000 Gallons
    2009 Rate per 1,000 Gallons
    Block 1
    0 - 11,000
    0 - 22,000
    Block 2
    12,000 - 30,000
    23,000 - 60,000
    Block 3
    31,000 - 40,000
    61,000 - 80,000
    Block 4
    Over 40,000
    Over 80,000
    Small Multi-Family Customers (duplexes through five-plexes with a single meter)
    2008 Rate
    2009 Rate
    Block 1
    0 - 15,000
    0 - 30,000
    Block 2
    Over 15,000
    Over 30,000
    Rates for Denver Water suburban customers still fall below the median among area water providers.  Please click here to view a front range rate comparison.
    Estimates indicate that in 2009 Denver Water will need an additional $18.5 million in revenue to cover rising costs associated with maintaining and improving the city’s water system. Next year’s projects include the replacement and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure, Hayman Fire watershed recovery work, potential enlargement of Gross Reservoir and expanding conservation education, rebates and incentive programs.
    Denver Water is looking at ways to revise its rate structure and is seeking customer feedback on new rate structure options for 2010. The utility has a survey on its Web site ( through Oct. 31 for customers to provide input.
    Denver Water is primarily funded through rates and system development charges (commonly referred to as tap fees - charged to new customers connecting to the water system). No tax dollars are directed to Denver Water or its projects. The independent municipal agency’s rates are designed to recover the costs of providing reliable, high-quality water service and to encourage efficiency by charging higher prices for higher water use. The majority of Denver Water’s costs are fixed and include maintenance of the system’s 2,650 miles of distribution pipe and other assets such as reservoirs, pump stations and treatment plants.
    The utility continues to aggressively encourage water conservation to help extend supplies into the future, eliminate waste and reduce the need for more costly alternatives like new dams and storage projects.
    “Rates are more affected by rising operating costs than by changes in demand,” said John Wright, manager of rate administration. “In the long run, conservation is a less expensive supply option than finding more water and building new storage facilities.”
    Details of the 2009 rates can be found on Denver Water’s Web site ( Customers with questions about water usage and rates, or, if you have specific billing questions, please call Denver Water’s Customer Care department at 303-893-2444.