Metro Wastewater Reclamation District approves 2% rate hike for 2019

Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation District Hite plant outfall via South Platte Coalition for Urban River Evaluation

Here’s the release from the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District:

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District Board of Directors approved the 2019 budget at its regular board meeting on June 19, 2018. It includes annual charges for service of $132,137,389 for 2019 – which is 2 percent higher than 2018. For existing households, this translates to an increase of about 26 cents per month.

Including the 2 percent increase noted above, the average household in the Metro District’s service area is projected to pay 41 percent less for wastewater treatment in 2019 than those served by comparable utilities around the country.

Annual charges are the fees the Metro District charges metro area cities and sanitation districts for treating wastewater before it is discharged to the South Platte River. Annual charges are based on the amount of wastewater treated and how much pollution must be removed.

To arrive at the annual charges, the board weighs options and determines how best to provide funding to enable the Metro District to meet mandatory regulations in the most cost-effective manner possible.
To make sure the District is prepared to meet future requirements, it undertakes extensive long- range planning measures. Capital costs for a number of projects are driving the budget for the $904 million the Metro District plans to spend through 2028, during a 10-year planning period.

The Metro District’s 715-square mile service area includes most of the City and County of Denver, as well as parts of Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, and Weld counties. The District’s service area encompasses other large municipalities such as the cities of Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Lakewood, Thornton, and parts of Westminster, as well as smaller sanitation districts and industrial clients.

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