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Utilities Master Planning

In Fall 2020, City Council provided strategic direction to the Infrastructure work system to complete master plans for water, wastewater, and storm infrastructure by 2023. These plans provide staff with a roadmap to prioritize work that needs to be done in our water/wastewater systems. The City team completed the master plans in 2021 and 2022, and the results of the master plans are being used to plan work for immediate, short-term and longer-term needs. 

Master planning provides a roadmap for future projects

Arvada residents rely on their water and wastewater utilities to be there when they need them. That infrastructure requires regular maintenance and, at times, major investments in order to keep the system functioning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.

  • The city’s water and wastewater systems date to the early 20th century with current components installed starting in the 1950s.
  • Between the 1960s and 1980s, Arvada residents provided a funding boost through bonding to our water and wastewater systems. Those infrastructure components are reaching the end of their useful life. 
  • The City’s water and wastewater systems are vast, with raw water components, two drinking water treatment facilities, over 600 miles of water pipe, and over 450 miles of wastewater pipe. 

Utilities projects have different funding sources

Each year, the City team prioritizes projects in our system to keep delivering the level of service residents have come to expect. Some projects build capacity for new users and other projects replace and rehabilitate the existing system.

  • Replacing and rehabilitating our vast water and wastewater systems is paid for through customer rates and bimonthly service fees.
  • New building projects in our city pay for their impact on our water and wastewater systems. System development charges are collected from new homes and businesses, and these funds pay for the new capacity needed to serve them. Once in the city system, these customers pay rates and bimonthly service fees like everyone else.

For reference, the 10-year financials for the water, wastewater, and stormwater enterprise funds can be viewed in the City's Budget book on the following pages: Water p 112-113; Wastewater p 114-115; Stormwater p 118-119.

Next Steps

The City team will discuss upcoming rates and fees with City Council on July 25 and Sept. 12 with potential adoption on Oct. 3 and 17.

Master Planning Documents

Coming soon

Presentations to Council


Chris Gray, City of Arvada Utilities Business Manager, 720-898-7772.




City Strategic Plan Information