Windsor’s Town Board approved utility rates for potable water, stormwater and wastewater for 2023 at the Nov. 15 and Nov. 28 meeting. All three utilities are self-funded enterprises. Town Board accepted staff’s recommendation to increase utility rates to assist in operations and maintenance of infrastructure and fund improvements needed to maintain Windsor’s water, stormwater, and wastewater systems. The monthly rate increase will go into effect Wednesday, February 1 and will be reflected in March utility bills.
Potable water is the water that is safe for human consumption. Customers are charged the monthly base fee plus the consumption charge of water used. The monthly base fee for single family homes water in 2023 will be $20.62 with a monthly increase of $1.70, or $20.40 annually. The 2023 consumption rates are set on a tiered system based on monthly usage rates and tap size. For example, single family residential properties with a ¾” tap in the 1st tier will be charged $6.07 per 1,000 gallons up to 16,000 gallons of use. The 2nd tier use of 16,001-22,500 gallons will be charged $9.07 per 1,000 gallons. Finally, 3rd tier use 22,5001 gallons and above will be charged $13.52 per 1,000 gal.
Factors that determine potable water rates include: the maintenance and operations of infrastructure, sending water through treatment facilities for cleaning and testing, and securing water for residents and businesses.
Windsor’s stormwater sewer system is a collection of pipes, ditches, detention ponds and other conveyances that carry water runoff from rain and snowmelt directly into the Cache la Poudre River. The stormwater fee is based upon the amount of impervious service of the property. The fee for stormwater will be $4.89 with a monthly increase of $0.15, or $1.80 annually. The stormwater system is an integral part of Windsor’s infrastructure because it directs water away from homes, streets and buildings, reducing flooding and erosion.
Wastewater is the water that leaves homes via the plumbing system to be sent and treated locally at Windsor’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. Residents who utilize wastewater services are charged a flat rate which goes towards the cost of collecting and treating water to Federal Environmental Protection Agency standards before it is released back into the Cache la Poudre River. The new base fee for sanitary sewer service will be $26.50 with a monthly increase of $2.50, or $30 annually for residential properties.
For more information, visit windsorgov.com/water.