Water & Sewer Rates

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How Water and Sewer Rates are Calculated

Water rates are calculated annually, based on at least 3 years of historical costs; current costs and projected costs as well as historical, current and projected customer usage. Our rate model program then calculates the rates based on our need as an enterprise to cover the costs of operations, annual debt payments as well as a reserve to repair or upgrade our existing water mains. The rates are approved by our Board.

In the summer of 2014, the Town embarked on a study to review the Town’s water and sewer rates as well as the Town’s Plant Investment Fees (PIFs). After a request for proposal was issued, the Town hired Raftelis Financial Consultants for this study.  The rates for water and sewer as well as PIFs are based on this study. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Treasurer if you would like more information regarding this study.

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Water and Sewer Base Rates
This fee is determined by the number of uses and is billed monthly (for Commercial) and quarterly (for Residential) whether you have water usage or not. It pays for the direct costs related to meter reading, customer service including billing, a portion of administrative costs and equipment, and the service related costs including routine water main maintenance.  Additionally, it pays for annual debt payments as well as a reserve to repair or upgrade our existing water mains and treatment infrastructure.


Water and Sewer Usage Rates
Water and sewer usage rates are calculated based on the amount of water used monthly or quarterly. This pays for our state licensed personnel to treat and test your water, treatment equipment and other costs related to meeting state and federal Water Quality standards. Other costs paid from this charge are for general administration, accounting, engineering and all other operating expenses not paid by the Water and Sewer Base Fee.



Meter Size/ # of Uses
Monthly Commercial Base Rate- Water
Monthly Residential Base Rate- Water
Usage Rates Water/ 1000 gallons
Monthly Commercial Base Rate- Sewer
Monthly Residential Base Rate- Sewer
Usage Rates Sewer/ 1000 gallons
3/4” Meter 1 use$13.93$11.44$8.63$40.78 $38.18$8.12
1” Meter 1 use$13.93$11.44$8.63$40.78$38.18$8.12
1” 1/2 Meter 1 use$13.93$11.44$8.63$40.78$38.18$8.12
2” Meter 1 use$13.93$11.44$8.63$40.78$38.18$8.12
3” Meter 1 use$13.93$11.44$8.63$40.78$38.18$8.12
4” Meter 1 use$13.93$11.44$8.63$40.78$38.18$8.12
Water only- out of town$20.90$17.16$12.95 n/a n/a n/a
Sewer only- in town n/a n/a n/a$81.56$76.36n/a
3/4” Meter 2 uses$27.86$22.88$8.63$81.56$76.36$8.12
3/4” Meter 3 uses$41.79$34.32$8.63$122.34$114.54$8.12
3/4” Meter 4 uses$55.72$45.76$8.63$163.12$152.72$8.12
3/4” Meter 5 uses$69.65$57.20$8.63$203.90$190.90$8.12
3/4” Meter 6 uses$83.58$68.64$8.63$244.68$229.08$8.12

Penalties: Late Fees and Shut Offs

Payments for water and sewer bills are due within 30 days of the bill being mailed.  Payments need to be received at Town Hall before close of business (5pm) to be considered on time (regardless of postmark date).  A failure to pay by the due date will result in a late fee (5% of unpaid balance) on the account at 30 days.  If payments are still not made by 50 days another late fee assessment will be applied to the account.  The same will occur at 70 days if no payment is received.  At 70 days the Town of Nederland will commence the process of shutting off service and a related fee ($75.00) will be added to the account.  At this time a shut off notice (red tag) will be posted at the address of service.  If we do not receive payment in full (cash or certified funds only) within 15 days of this notice, the water service will be discontinued.

Water and Sewer Rate Reduction Program

The goal of the water and sewer utility rate reduction program is to provide relief from Town utility bills for low-income elderly residents and disabled residents of the Town. It is the purpose of this program to reduce amounts representing a portion of utility bills charged by the Town to low-income elderly residents and disabled residents. This program is intended to apply to qualified owners and renters of property residing on the property who have paid the utility bill for such property.

Sale of Property

Sellers:  Transfer of property is normally handled by the Title Company completing the sale, and you do not need to call us to cancel your service. The Title Company will contact us to request an Escrow amount on your account. They will give us the closing date on your property and who the buyer will be. Your final bill will be paid by the Title Company with the escrowed funds held by them at the closing. If they withheld more than you owe, they will refund you the difference.

Buyers (for homes with existing taps): Please contact Nederland Town Hall at 303-258-3266 x0.   We will set up a new account for the property with your information and mail you your first bill when we send the next scheduled billing.

Rental Properties
Owners who rent out their properties have 3 options for handling with their water and/or sewer bills:

  1. Keep the bill in the owner’s name and mailing address.
  2. Change bill into a management agency’s name and mailing address*.
  3. Change bill into the tenant’s name and mailing address*.

*Note:  As stated in the Notice to Landlords and Tenants Regarding Rental Property, all owners of a rental property served within the Town of Nederland ultimately responsible for payment of their account and remain responsible even when tenant occupied. The Town will not seek collection for final payment from any previous tenant. The Town must have a current Billing Authorization Form on file to add any tenant name or Management Agency name to your account.  A $15.00 final read fee will be added to the account each time the account changes names.

New Water/Sewer Hook-Ups

Plant Investment and Tap Fees
When a resident hooks up to the water and sewer systems, two separate fees are charged.

The plant investment fee (PIF) is a fee to recoup the cost of the investment made to build the infrastructure that supports the entire system (water plant, tanks, pipe network, etc. in the case of the water system). It can also help pay for new infrastructure when it comes time to upgrade or expand.

The tap fee is an additional fee to physically connect to the system.

Water Plant Investment and Tap Fees
The current water PIF fees are:

¾” tap: $14,804
1″ tap: $24,560
1½” tap: $49,347
2″ tap: $78,956
3″ tap: $140,640
4″ tap: $246,737

The current water tap fee is $1,000.00.

Sewer Plant Investment and Tap Fees
The current sewer PIF fees are:

¾” tap: $8,481
1″ tap: $14,070
1½” tap: $28,270
2″ tap: $45,232
3″ tap: $80,570
4″ tap: $141,351

The current sewer tap fee is $1,000.00.

Penalty Fees
PIF Penalty Fee:  $240.00
30-day Late Fee:  5% of amount owed
60-day Late Fee:  5% of amount owed