Do you know what a water budget is?
Water budgets, and the tiered rate structure in Castle Rock, are designed to manage water waste. Your water budget is an allocated amount of water set at specific rates. These variable rates increase per 1,000 gallons to encourage conservation. Water budgets have been proven nationally to be an effective conservation measure and Castle Rock has had these budgets for more than a decade.
So how does this budget work?
Tier 1 is your average winter monthly consumption (AWMC) and is your typical indoor usage based on your previous winters’ indoor water consumption. It is unique to your household. And, because changes may occur in your household, your AWMC and water budget are reset each April.
Tier 2 is outdoor usage and is determined from your irrigated yard size. During the winter, Tier 2 is eliminated and not in effect. Those mindful about conservation should stay under the individualized water budget on your bill.
What happens if you go over your budget?
Anything in excess of your budgeted indoor or outdoor usage is charged at the Tier 3 rates. If your bill has a Tier 3 charge, you are using more water than you should. The rates for each tier are progressively more per 1,000 gallons. If a customer uses more than 40,000 gallons per month, this is considered excessive use and a surcharge is added to these rates.
Town Council approved a less than three percent increase to Tier 2 and Tier 3 rates, effective January 2019. These variable rates and fixed charges pay for your water service, as well as the $638 million worth of infrastructure and water resources needed to maintain your water service.