Price increase for Denver Water customers begins in April

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DENVER — A small spike in water bills will go into effect next month.

According to Denver Water, the increase will fund maintenance and upgrades to the existing water system infrastructure.

Denver Water said 162 new projects and support for the current system are included in its five-year, $1.3 billion capital plan.

Aging pipes and failing underground storage tanks are among the issues that will be addressed.

Inflation will affect the monthly fixed charge on bills, not the amount charged for water usage. Denver Water outlines the new pricing structure on its website.

“If you’re like most residential customers who have a 3/4-inch meter, that charge will increase from $8.79 to $11.86 per month. To help offset the fixed monthly charge, the charge per 1,000 gallons for many customers will see a small decrease in 2017,” according to the website.

Calculating both components shows an increase of less than $2.50 a month or about $29 annually.

Residents in the suburbs are likely to see a slightly larger increase.

According to available statistics, Denver Water customers pay about $3 for 1,000 gallons of water.

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