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DENVER -- Denver Water residential customers will see their
bimonthly service charges rise beginning Sept. 7 as the utility works
to offset falling water sales due to conservation.
Board members agreed to raise the flat fee from $4.91 to $8.51 for
most customers. Businesses and government customers will pay more
based on the size of their water meters.
Denver Water officials said the utility's 1.2 million customers
are using an average 188 million gallons a day this month amid
watering limits, down from 260 million gallons in a typical June
The increase in bimonthly service charges will raise about $8
million a year to offset the lower water sales.
If customers continue to conserve, their total water bills may
still be low despite the hikes, officials said.
"Most customers who comply with drought restrictions will still
pay less for water this summer than they did last summer,'' finance
director David LaFrance said.
"It's critical to our water supply that our customers are saving
the water supply,'' said Marc Waage, water resources director.
Denver Water's reservoirs are about 80 percent full amid an
ongoing drought, and twice-weekly watering restrictions began May 1.
About 2,500 customers have received visits for watering on the
wrong day, for too long, for broken sprinkler heads or other
violations, said Jim Rael, the drought monitoring program's
supervisor. Rael said 600 warnings have been issued, and four users
were fined $250 each.
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