The Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted rate changes Nov. 15 to fund essential upgrades and new projects to keep Denver Water’s system running smoothly. The new rates take effect March 1, 2018, and monthly bills for most Denver residents will increase by about $2.25 or less if they use water the same as they did in 2017.
The major multi-year projects driving the rate increase include building a new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant, installing a new 8.5-mile water pipeline to replace two pipelines that were built in the 1930s and 1950s, expanding Gross Reservoir to provide a more reliable future water supply, constructing a new water quality lab to ensure the highest water quality standards, investing more than $100 million to repair and replace water pipes, and more. There are 143 major projects identified in Denver Water’s five-year, $1.25 billion capital plan.
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