Each year, we review our rates and make adjustments to reflect the cost of providing water to our customers. Rates are approved by our Board of Directors in November and become effective January 1.
What Your Rates Cover
Customer bills include a base charge (water base) that covers administrative and fixed costs. The water usage charge is a tiered rate per 1,000 gallons that increases with higher water usage. Customer rates cover operational costs and capital projects needed for the operation of the District’s distribution system:
- Construction Projects – Each year, construction within the District’s boundaries contributes to the reliability of our distribution system through replacement of older pipes and vaults, extension of service lines to new development and pipe replacement needed during road repair or replacement.
- Capital Expenses – Capital expenses in the District’s annual budget also cover equipment, vehicles, water rights acquisition and the District’s share of project costs at the jointly owned (Central Weld County Water District and LTWD) Carter Lake Filter Plant.
- Water Storage Projects – In 2003, the District agreed to share costs in the Windy Gap Firming Project for the design of Chimney Hollow Reservoir. When completed, Northern Water’s Chimney Hollow Reservoir will help stabilize the District’s water supply in drought years through the storage of additional water during wet years.