Monthly rates are increasing by 7.5% for potable water and 4.67% for stormwater. These increases will be reflected in the March 2020 water bill.
Monthly potable water rates are tiered based on water use. Consumption is billed per 1,000 gallons and will vary by location depending if the resident has a non-potable system available.
Stormwater rates are increasing by 4.67%. This equates to an average of $0.16 per month or $1.92 per year for Windsor Utility customers. All Windsor Utility customers are charged a stormwater fee, and depending on where a customer lives, they may also be charged for the water and/or wastewater services their household receives.
Town board regularly reviews Windsor’s water rates with town staff to ensure they are reflective of the product and service being provided. Cost-of-service studies are regularly conducted to help identify operational expenses associated with service delivery. While the town tries to keep annual rate increases modest, updating aging infrastructure, keeping up with inflation and addressing water demands can be costly. Rate increases were approved during a special town board meeting held Nov. 18, 2019.
In addition to covering water treatment costs and equipment, water bills help cover quality assurance, conservation, planning and operational costs, which are essential to providing potable water to customers. Treatment and water infrastructure costs make up 65 percent of potable water utility bills.
Sewer/wastewater fees are not impacted by the 2020 Windsor Utility billing rate increase. Residents who live west of County Rd. 13 in Larimer County receive their water from the Fort Collins-Loveland Water District. Residents who live north of County Rd. 74 receive their water from North Weld Water.
For more information about water usage in Windsor, visit windsorgov.com/water. For information about water consumption rates, visit windsorgov.com/1214/Water.