Residents and commercial and industrial customers may notice higher monthly water and sewer utility rates beginning Jan. 1. The rates will help cover the cost of meeting new state regulatory requirements, water acquisition, and much-needed upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
Compared to 2020, water rates on an average monthly residential water bill grew $1.39 and average sewer rates increased $1.93. Average stormwater rates increased $0.76 cents for a total utility bill adjustment of $4.08 a month. You can find a breakdown of all water and sewer rates here.
“We are accountable stewards to the utility ratepayers, and rate increases are predicated on the cost of meeting regulatory requirements and investing in the system,” said Sean Chambers, director of Greeley Water and Sewer Department.
The City of Greeley’s Water and Sewer Department is charged with providing the city with safe, reliable water and sewer services, which requires regular investments in replacing and expanding its systems. Water system investments include acquiring additional water resources, replacing aging infrastructure, and system expansion. The sewer system investments are driven by regular changes and aging infrastructure at its treatment facility.
“There a number of large, important capital projects in the budget that are driving these rates, such as the Windy Gap Firming Project, development of non-potable infrastructure, and upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility,” Chambers said.
The City of Greeley’s Public Works Department manages the city’s stormwater system -and stormwater rates will be adjusted to cover new stormwater infrastructure. Water, sewer, and stormwater rates are all billed in the same monthly bill.
For an easy non-contact payment option, residents are encouraged to pay their bills online at greeleygov.com/government/finance/utility-billing.