How does the rate structure encourage water efficiency?

Water is a precious and limited resource in Colorado, and most utilities along the Front Range use tiered rates. Tiered water rates reward customers who use less water by charging the least amount per thousand gallons for use in the first tier, and increasingly more as customers use more water and graduate into higher levels.

The lowest rate tier corresponds to an amount of water sufficient to meet essential indoor household needs.  Each subsequent tier charges a higher rate and is designed to send a price signal to households when using water for outdoor irrigation.

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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?