As part of the 2014 Budget, the Arvada City Council has approved increases for water and sewer services. These rates will become effective January 1, 2014.
• Water rates will increase by 11¢ to $3.46per 1,000 gallons.
• Wastewater rates will increase by 17¢ to $4.36 per 1,000 gallons
The City bills every two months for water and sewer service. The effects of the proposed changes on a customer’s bills will vary depending upon the amount of water used and the amount of sewage generated by that customer. The average single family customer would see an increase of $2.02 ($1.12 for water and $0.90 for sewer). The City examines and adjusts rates on an annual basis. Arvada customers, living inside the City, the rates are among the lowest in the metro area.
The Arvada Water and Wastewater Utilities are funded through rates and new tap fees, not taxes. The City does not make a profit on these services or use the funds generated for anything other than providing water and sewer services. The rates are designed to recover the costs of providing reliable, high-quality water service, and to efficiently remove, treat, and dispose of sewage generated by our customers.
The water rate increase is due to higher raw water costs, energy increases, higher pricing for goods procured from outside vendors and the steadily increasing need for rehabilitation and replacement of infrastructure.
The sewer rate increase is primarily needed for improvements to the regional wastewater treatment plant. The City of Arvada is a member of the Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation District which disinfects and disposes of sanitary sewer wastes for this part of the Front Range. This agency is in the process of making major upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant so that the water discharged from the plant will continue to comply with stream standards.