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New water rate system could be bad news for single-family homes

A new, three-tiered water rate system may be coming to Windsor in 2013, bringing with it increased revenues to shoulder potential rate hikes from area suppliers.

The new system would affect single-family residential water customers who use more than 22,500 gallons of water per month. Based on data from August 2011 — the peak month for water use — that means about 476 customers could see the changes, according to a presentation during Monday’s town board work session.

Under the proposed system, a 3.5 percent rate hike across the board could also be implemented.

In addition to the $14.81 monthly base rate, the three-tiered system discussed Monday would charge users by the follow system:

n Less than 16,000 gallons/month = $3.42/1,000 gallons

n Between 16,000 and 22,500 gallons/month = $5.10/ 1,000 gallons

n More than 22,500 gallons/month = $7.60/1,000 gallons

n Members of the town board urged staff to look at a new system back in June as water demands were being brought into question ahead of a record-setting hot and dry summer. Some communities surrounding Windsor including Fort Collins and Evans already use a similar system with varying rates.

Loveland, on the contrary, charges a flat-rate of $1.83/1,000 gallons with a base rate of $4.87 per month.

If the proposed changes are approved in an upcoming town board meeting, they would be slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2013. The complete breakdown of costs, rates and information on surrounding communities is available online at http://www.windsorgov.com.