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  2. The Denver Board of Water Commissioners voted to adjust water rates for 2011 at its meeting on November 17, 2010. The adjustment will provide further funding for the utility’s capital projects, which include upgrades to aging infrastructure over the next decade. The new water rates will take effect March 2011.

    “Water rates are driven by the vital maintenance and capital projects needed to maintain and improve our system and to keep our infrastructure reliable in the future,” said Todd Cristiano, manager of rates. “Next year’s critical projects include work like dredging Strontia Springs Reservoir, our watershed protection initiative with the U.S. Forest Service, replacing the 105-year old valves at Cheesman Dam, finishing major upgrades at Williams Fork Reservoir and Dam, and stepping up our pipe rehabilitation and replacement program.”

    A crane on the barge removes an old trash rack structure at Cheesman Reservoir as part of Denver Water’s project to upgrade the valves at the 105-year-old dam near Deckers, CO.

    Platte Canyon customers would see an increase of $32 per year - an average of $2.66 per month. For example, the average annual cost for District customers in 2010 was $555, and would be $587 in 2011. 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:
    2011 Proposed Rates

    Single-Family Residential
    Monthly Consumption (Gallons)
    2010 Rate per 1,000 Gallons
    Proposed 2011 Rate per 1,000 Gallons
    Block 1
    0 – 11,000
    Block 2
    12,000 – 30,000
    Block 3
    31,000 – 40,000
    Block 4
    Over 40,000


    Small Multi-Family (Duplex through Five-Plex with a Single Meter)
    Monthly Consumption (Gallons)
    2010 Rate per 1,000 Gallons
    Proposed 2011 Rate per 1,000 Gallons
    Block 1
    0 – 15,000
    Block 2
    Over 15,000

    Rates for Platte Canyon customers would still fall at or below the median among area water providers.
    Denver Water owns and maintains more than 3,000 miles of distribution pipe - enough to stretch from Los Angeles to New York - as well as 19 raw water reservoirs, 22 pump stations and four treatment plants. Ongoing rehabilitation and replacement of infrastructure is needed throughout the water distribution system, much of which dates back to post-World War II installation or earlier.

    Sediment Build Up at Strontia Springs Reservoir
    Denver Water is funded through rates and new tap fees. 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. A significant portion of Denver Water’s annual costs do not vary with the amount of water sold and include maintenance of the system’s distribution pipes, reservoirs, pump stations and treatment plants. Denver Water also examines and adjusts its capital plan as necessary each year.
    Details of the 2011 rates can be found on Denver Water’s Billing Rate page.  District customers who have questions about the proposed rate adjustment may call 303-628-6320.
    If you have specific billing questions, please call Denver Water’s Customer Care department at 303-893-2444.
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