Centennial water rate increases proposed for next four years

Posted 11/5/18

To fund water-treatment infrastructure needs, Centennial Water & Sanitation District is proposing increases to water and wastewater rates for Highlands Ranch customers. Over the next four years, …

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Centennial water rate increases proposed for next four years

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To fund water-treatment infrastructure needs, Centennial Water & Sanitation District is proposing increases to water and wastewater rates for Highlands Ranch customers. Over the next four years, a typical single-family household will see a 6 percent to 7 percent increase per year, a Nov. 2 news release from the water district says.

“Centennial has a large, intricate system with aging infrastructure,” Peter Bong, water and wastewater treatment plant superintendent, said in the release. “These projects are the first major improvements to the wastewater and water treatment plants since their original construction more than 30 years ago.”

A public hearing on the rate increase will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Hendrick Office Building, 62 Plaza Drive. Residents with questions can email finance@highlandsranch.org.

The 2019 proposed rates would see an estimated increase of 6.4 percent, or $59, according to the media release. A typical single-family customer annual bill — which includes water, wastewater, stormwater and streetlight fees — would go from $909 in 2018 to $968 in 2019.

The water district has a seven-year, $175 million capital plan for upgrades and new projects needed to meet demands and ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, the news release says.

“To keep up with this necessary work, we are increasing the monthly fixed charges on your bill to help us even out our revenues over the year so we can renovate and upgrade our system,” Stephanie Stanley, finance director at Centennial Water & Sanitation District, said in the release.

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