The January 2023 Water & Sewer Newsletter contains information about the city’s efforts to identify customer-owned lead water service lines that may still contain lead. Customers living in houses built before 1981 should fill out an online questionnaire. Also, learn tips to manage costs, conserve water, and more. You can see the whole thing here.
The City of Greeley is making important investments in the city’s water infrastructure and facilities to protect your property and our community.
These proposed, but not yet final, rate increases will 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.
These proposed water and sewer rate increases are not yet final and will go before the Water and Sewer Board for consideration in December. Greeley City Council approved the stormwater rate increase with the 2023 budget.
In 2023, the proposed rate change would result in a total bill increase of approximately $8.67 per month.
Although every customer experience will vary, the average residential bill will increase:
- $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 Proposed Increase
» The proposed 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 proposed 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.