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Town Council voted Oct. 26 on first reading to pass a water rate increase beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The rate increase would add 5.88 percent more to the average residential customer’s bill, or another $6.25 per month.
Castle Rock Water includes four enterprise services – water, water resources, wastewater and stormwater – and serves 15,300 customers. Council passed the rate increase as part of a five-year schedule of increases, which will be evaluated annually.
Next year’s water operation and maintenance budget is just under $32 million, which includes four primary areas of expense:•Capital projects – $8.9 million for major maintenance, replacement and repair of existing infrastructure; not attributed to growth•Electricity – $2.4 million to power/operate the existing systems•Personnel – even though Utilities has reduced its staff by 10 percent, personnel makes up $5.4 million of the budget•Plum Creek Wastewater Authority – $4.3 million for previous facility expansion debt service and wastewater treatment
Residents will have an opportunity to provide input or ask questions at the second reading of the rate increase on Nov. 23 at Town Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Currently, most of Castle Rock’s water comes from nonrenewable groundwater aquifers pumped from 50 wells around Town. The wells range from 45 feet deep to more than 2,000 feet deep. Once drawn from a well, the water is treated at one of four treatment facilities and then enters the distribution and storage system.
In order to provide adequate water for the future, the Town also will need to invest in renewable water resources and is pursuing a plan which would ultimately provide 75 percent renewable surface water and 25 percent nonrenewable groundwater. The Town is working with regional groups throughout Denver and in Douglas County.
Questions? Contact Rick Wilkey, RWilkey@CRgov.com or 720-733-6003.