2016 Aurora Water Rate Information - Water, sewer and storm drain
There is no increase in 2016 water rates. A 4% increase in sewer rates is needed to help offset an increase from the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, which treats Aurora's wastewater, and a $1 per month increase in storm drain fees is in place to fund necessary improvements to Aurora's system.Your water bill arrives monthly and pays for the following:
- Service charge: A set fee to cover the cost of meter maintenance, meter reading, storm drain system maintenance and capital projects, such as line replacement and the creation of additional water storage and purchases.
- Water usage charge: Water rates pay for the cost of acquiring, storing, transporting water from various river basins, treatment and delivery to your home or business, as well as maintenance of our vast pipeline infrastructure. We are continually acquiring additional water rights, and recently built the Prairie Waters Project, which helps Aurora achieve sustainability.
- Sewer usage charge: This covers sewage processing by the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District and sewer line maintenance in the street.
- Storm drain: This fee covers our cost of maintaining the storm drain system. Residents are charged one base fee for residential storm drain use.
- Your water rate plans for the future water needs of Aurora, including:
- Maintain, replace and update existing infrastructure.
- Buy additional water as it becomes available.
- Build more water storage – Converting gravel pits in small reservoirs along the South Platte north of Aurora, as well as continued study and planning for larger reservoirs to meet future needs.
- Improve sanitary sewer and storm drain systems – Additional/improved detention ponds, stream stabilization and increased storm-water detention. Storm drain systems need to be expanded to meet new federal criteria for 100 year flood planning.
Download a PDF of the 2016 rates.