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  1. 10/12/2007 DENVER WATER ANNOUNCES RATE INCREASE
  2. The Denver Board of Water commissioners has approved an increase in water rates effective January 1, 2008.  While single family residential water rates for Platte Canyon customers will rise 4.7%, the actual water bill impact will depend on the amount of each customers water consumption as shown in Chart B below.  Small multi-family customer rates will increase approximately 6.5% and “all other” customer rates will increase 3.5%.  A comparison of current to future rates is shown in Chart A.
     
    Chart A
     
    Single Family Residential
     
     
     
    Block
    Consumption (gallons)
     
    2007 Rate
    2008 Rate
    1
    0 - 22,000
    $2.11
    $2.21
    2
    23,000 - 60,000
    $4.22
    $4.42
    3
    61,000 - 80,000
    $6.33
    $6.63
    4
    Over 80,000
    $8.44
    $8.84
     
     
     
     
    Small Multi-Family (2 - 5 units)
     
     
     
    Block
    Consumption (gallons)
     
    2007 Rate
    2008 Rate
    1
    0 - 30,000
    $2.13
    $2.27
    2
    Over 30,000
    $2.56
    $2.72
     
     
     
     
    All Other (Non-Residential)
     
     
     
    Season
    Consumption (gallons)
     
    2007 Rate
    2008 Rate
    Winter
    All
    $2.42
    $2.50
    Summer
    All
    $2.90
    $3.00
     
     
     
     
    Irrigation Only
     
     
     
    Season
    Consumption (gallons)
     
    2007 Rate
    2008 Rate
    Winter
    All
    $2.42
    $2.35
    Summer
    All
    $2.90
    $3.08
     
    Chart B
     
    Annual Water Bill Impacts - Single Family Residential
     
    Consumption (gallons)
     
    2007
    2008
    % Change
    50,000
    $143
    $149
    3.9%
    100,000
    $279
    $291
    4.3%
    150,000
    $441
    $461
    4.5%
    200,000
    $639
    $668
    4.6%
    750,000
    $882
    $923
    4.6%
    500,000
    $2,545
    $2,664
    4.7%
     
    The Denver Water Board also voted to reclassify customers with dedicated outdoor irrigation taps.  These customers -- primarily commercial, industrial and governmental -- will be reclassified into a new “Other Irrigation” customer class.  Some irrigation-only customers, generally homeowner associations, were placed into a Single Family Residential Common Area Irrigation class earlier this year.  Beginning in 2008, customers in the new Other Irrigation class will pay seasonal water rates that are up to 10% higher than what they currently pay during the summer.  Rates for this customer class will be adjusted over the next three years to better approximate both the consumption characteristics and true cost to providing service to outdoor irrigation-only taps.