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  1. 10/10/2008 SURVEY OF FUTURE OF DENVER WATER RATES
  2. Reprinted with permission from a October 2, 2008 Denver Water press release.  For additional information about this release please contact Stacy Chesney at (303) 628-6584.
     
    Denver Water is looking at ways to revise its rate structure and is seeking customer feedback on possible alternative options for 2010 and beyond.  The utility is evaluating how to meet costs and encourage conservation to ensure a sustainable water supply for the future. 
     
    Customers can visit www.denverwater.org through Oct. 31 to take a survey and provide input. 
     
    Last week, Denver Water’s Board of Water Commissioners 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 some customers more for summer peak usage. 
     
    The survey includes three possible water rate structures for 2010 and beyond.  These are not the only possible alternatives; rather they are a starting point to gather customer input:
     
    1. Denver Water’s existing rate structure;
    2. A seasonal rate structure with winter and summer rates for each customer;
    3. A water budget rate structure that sets a monthly individualized allotment for water consumption based on factors such as lot size, irrigable areas and estimated indoor water needs. 
     
    Denver Water has consistently worked to tailor its water rate structure to meet the ever-changing needs of its water system.  A cost-of-service study is conducted each year to determine whether existing water rates are adequate to recover the cost of providing service. 
     
    The utility 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 supply alternatives like new dams and storage projects.