The August 2023 Water & Sewer Newsletter contains information about the water systems tour offered to city leaders in which they got to view the latest developments on the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project.
Included this month: Learn about your water budget and taking advantage of the fall planting season! You can access the newsletter here.
The City of Greeley approved utility rates for 2023, including an increase to stormwater, sewer, and water rates. The fees took effect Jan. 1, 2023, and will help the city provide safe, reliable, and great-tasting water to residents.
These rate increases help replace aging assets to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state regulations; invest in infrastructure to transmit stormwater safely out of problem areas prone to flooding; and add limited additional staff to operate and maintain its extensive water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure.
Although every customer experience will vary, the average residential bill will increase approximately $8.67 per month:
- $1.83 for water—less than inflation
- $4.71 for sewer—to meet new federal and state requirements for a more intensive wastewater treatment process
- $2.13 for stormwater—for investments in drainage to protect the community from flooding
Why the Increase
» The water rate increase allows for continued investment to replace aging infrastructure in 2023. However, officials intentionally put a number of infrastructure construction projects on hold to reduce the water rate increase. While chemicals, power, and materials costs have all increased over recent months, the city’s water utility has cut its water purchasing budget and controlled costs to ensure the water rate adjustment is less than general inflation.
» The sewer rate increase allows the city to meet an unfunded environmental regulatory mandate by the state and federal government to reduce algae-forming nutrients released in treated wastewater. Greeley and all other municipalities across Colorado are obligated to comply with these stricter regulations, which are increasing costs to wastewater customers across the state.
» The stormwater rate increase will replace aging and undersized drainage systems across the city and improve public safety. Public Works’ multi-year plan to construct improvements will help protect your property and our community.