Notice of Water Rate Increase

The Town Board adopted a new water rate structure  which will show up in the utility bills this March. The average residential water bill will increase by 12% based on historical usage.  The increase is necessitated by increased cost of treated water purchased from Central Weld County Water District (CWCWD).  The Town owns water rights in the form of units of Colorado Big Thompson managed by Northern Water which we transfer to CWCWD which they treat at their Carter Lake Treatment Plant and deliver treated potable water to the town through a master meter.

No other town fees for services were increased this year other than water rates.

The base monthly rate for a residential water tap will increase from $32.57 to $34.00.  The amount of water received under the base rate has been reduced from 5,000 gallons to 4,000 gallons.  4,000 gallons is the average indoor water use for a single family residence across the nation, and the tiered rate system charges the Town receives from CWCWD has a first tier rate based on 4,000 gallons per single family equivalent of all town taps. Larger Residential and Commercial base rates and cost per thousand gallons will be raised proportionately.

The rate per thousand gallons over the base of 4,000 gallons has been increased from $3.00 per thousand gallons to $3.65 per thousand gallons.

Residents who either consistently use over 4,000 gallons of indoor water each month or  use large quantities of outdoor water during the summer months (over 20,000 gallons per month) will see the largest increases in water bills.  Please look at the water usage on your latest water bill and if it is over 4,000 gallons you may want to consider instituting indoor water saving measures.

Indoor water use can be decreased by:

  1. Replacing fixtures with water-efficient fixtures and appliances, including toilets, urinals, showerheads, faucets, and washing machines.
  2. Changing your daily habits by shortening shower times and not letting the water run in faucets while performing cleaning and grooming tasks.
  3. Listen and watch for leaks in toilets and faucets and fixing them quickly if found.

Outdoor water usage in the summer can be decreased with the use of:

  1. Landscape efficiency, including low water use landscapes, drought-resistant vegetation, and efficient irrigation equipment and scheduling.
  2. Monitoring irrigation to ensure water is on the vegetation you want to water and not running off your property.

A good source for indoor water savings information can be found at Colorado State University Extension  at: https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/family-home-consumer

Northern Water is a good resource for outdoor water conservation practices which can be found on their website at: www.northernwater.org/in-the-community