New Sanitary Sewer Rates

Effective July 1, 2014, Sanitary Sewer rates will increase 2.8%, based on the 2013 Denver-Boulder-Greeley metropolitan area increase in the CPI-U (Consumer Price Index-All Urban Consumers).


  • Why do we need a rate increase?
    Denver’s sanitary sewer system collects and transports waste from homes and businesses using underground conveyance networks that lead to the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro) for treatment. Metro is the wastewater treatment authority for much of metro Denver and parts of northern Colorado. Sewage runs through the sanitary sewer system to Metro, where it undergoes a variety of biological and chemical processes that remove 95% of pollutants before the treated water is discharged to the South Platte River.

Metro is undertaking significant, expensive capital projects to handle regional growth and to comply with EPA clean water requirements. These costs are passed along to Denver and other regional water and sewer districts.

  • How much does Denver Public Works’ Wastewater Management Division pay to the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District?
    Every year, WMD's payments to Metro represent 50-60% of our operating and management expenses in the sanitary sewer sub-fund. Actual payments totaled $44,859,512 in 2013.
  • How will the increase affect me?
    Effective July 1, 2014, your sewer rates will increase by 2.8%, based on the Consumer Price Index. 
  •  Effective July 1,
    Rate
    Increase 
     Rate per
    Thousand
    Gallons
    Minimum per
    Living Unit
    (monthly) 
    Monthly Sewer
    Charges for SFR
    with 5,000 gallons
    Winter Consumption
     
    2010*    $1.95  $5.34 $9.75 
    2011 45.0% $2.83 $7.74  $14.15 
     2012  15.0%  $3.25  $8.90 $16.25 
     2013 10.0%   $3.58  $9.79 $17.90 
     2014 2.8%   $3.68  $10.06 $18.40 
    *The rates in effect on July 1, 2010, had been in place since January 1, 1995. There had been no sanitary sewer rate increases for sixteen years.
  • What are the benefits of this increase?
    On average, Denver Public Works’ Wastewater Management Division spends $8.2 million on necessary sewer improvement projects each year. A rate increase will allow this level of improvements to continue and allow us to pay for treatment services provided by the Metro District.

   

 

  • What kind of work will the rate change go towards?
    • Annual sanitary needs and improvements
      • Critical Sanitary Sewer Lining Program
      • Critical Sanitary Sewer Replacement Program (urgent repairs)
      • Annual Sanitary Sewer Improvements
      • Water Quality Sewer Lining Program
    • Major upcoming capital improvement projects
      • 50th & Washington Sanitary Interceptor Project
      • 51st & St. Paul Sanitary Sewer (in conjunction with Park Hill Storm Drain Phase IV)
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