Last night, Brighton City Council approved an eight-percent reduction in water and wastewater rates. The reduced rates go into effect with utility bills issued after Jan. 1.
The average family that uses 13,000 gallons of water in the summer months can expect to see their monthly utility bill decrease by approximately $9. In winter months, the average family can expect to see a reduction of about $5.
For residential customers, the fixed water rate will be $14.72 per month, down $1.28. The water usage charge for 0 - 3,000 gallons will decrease from $2.80 to $2.58; and for 3,001 - 20,000 gallons, the charge will decrease from $5.14 to $4.73. The water contract surcharge will remain at $4.60 per month.
For sewer, residential customers will receive a fixed charge of $11.96 per month, down $1.04. The sewer usage charge per 1,000 gallons will decrease from $4.95 to $4.55. The fixed storm drainage charge will remain at $5.50 per month.
Commercial users can also anticipate a similar 8 percent decrease to their water and wastewater rates.
In August, the City of Brighton’s independent rate consultants, Stantec, presented their water and wastewater utility rate study to City Council. Stantec was hired in January to provide a comprehensive rate study and recommendations. The presentation included an overview of the water and wastewater funds, plant investment fees, and a rate and fee recommendation. City Council requested to further discuss the two alternatives suggested by the rate consultant at a September study session. The presentation by Stantec is available on the city’s web site at www.brightonco.gov/1415/Water-News.
“It is important to complete a financial check-up annually to align customer rate revenue with operating and capital maintenance expenses,” Finance Director Maria Ostrom said. “This 2020 rate plan keeps us on the path of financial sustainability and will help ensure Brighton customers have access to safe, clean drinking water well into the future.”
In 2019, City Council approved a new Utilities Customer Assistance Program (CAP) that provides qualifying residents with up to $300 worth of vouchers per year to assist them with paying their utility bill during hardships. The city partners with Almost Home, Inc. to administer the program. The program is made possible through generous donations of other residents who choose to “round up” their monthly bill to the nearest dollar. For more information on CAP, visit www.brightonco.gov/CAP.
Additional programs and resources are available through the Utilities Department for residents who are interested in reducing their water consumption, and saving money on their water bill. Check out the Utilities website or call for more details.
To see a full listing the utility rates in 2020, please visit www.brightonco.gov/296/Water-Rates. For questions regarding utility charges, please call 303-655-2009.