New Sanitary Sewer Rates

  • 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 more than 95% of pollutants before the treated water is discharged to the South Platte River.


  • How much does Denver Public Works’ Wastewater Management Division pay to the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District?
    On average, payments to Metro represent 59% of the total operation and management expenses in the sanitary sewer sub-fund. Metro payments continue to increase each year.


  • How will the increase affect me?
    Effective July 1, 2012, your sewer rates will increase by 15% and 10% in 2013. Beginning in 2014, sanitary sewer rates will increase based on the Consumer Price Index. 
  •  Rates Effective July 1, 2012
     July 1, 2013
    Rate/Thousand Gallons   $3.25  $3.58
    Unit Minimum/Living Unit (monthly)  $8.90 $9.79


  • 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)