How does the cost of Erie’s water compare to our neighbors?

Diverting water from the western slope to the Front Range is a very lengthy, complex, and expensive process. Water is governed in Colorado by the Prior Appropriation Doctrine – or as it’s known in shorthand, “first in time, first in right.” Older cities typically hold senior water rights and younger cities typically have junior rights; Erie is among the latter group, which means our raw water costs are often higher than some of our neighbors.

But youth has its advantages too. For instance, in Colorado and nationwide, many utilities are grappling with funding the expensive prospect of replacing aging infrastructure. Fortunately, as Erie is a younger community, our water customers enjoy the benefits of our modern, efficient infrastructure.

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1. How does the Town supply our community with water?
2. How does the cost of Erie’s water compare to our neighbors?
3. How do I read my utility bill?
4. How will the 2021 rate changes affect my bill?
5. What does my utility bill cover?
6. Are rates going up by 25%?
7. How are utility rates determined?
8. How does the rate structure encourage water efficiency?
9. How is my utility bill calculated?
10. How will water and wastewater rates change in 2021?
11. How does the new rate structure promote affordability?
12. How do we ensure that we don’t subsidize new and future neighbors who tie-in to the system?
13. Are there any changes to how wastewater is charged?
14. We want to do more to conserve – can the Town help?
15. Are there any other ways the Town is helping customers have greater visibility on water use?
16. When do you read the water meters?
17. I’m struggling to pay my water bill – are there resources to help?
18. What kind of payments do you accept?
19. When do you send out the bills?
20. When is my bill due?
21. How is the drinking water quality?