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2022 Rate Changes - Effective Jan. 1, 2022highlight_off

It is Fort Collins Utilities’ rate philosophy that adjustments should be gradual and modest to avoid large increases in any given year.

Small, steady rate increases cover the costs of delivering reliable electric, water, wastewater and stormwater services to our customers now and into the future. Rates provide the funding needed for ongoing maintenance, infrastructure improvements and construction projects throughout our community.

  • Electric: 2% increase due to a projected wholesale cost increase.
  • Water: No rate increase.
  • Wastewater: No rate increase. 
  • Stormwater: No rate increase

Average Single-Family Monthly Bill Comparison

Utility 2021 2022 $ Change % Change

Electric

700 kilowatt-hours/month

$78.14 $79.70 $1.56 2%

Water

10,000 gallons/month

$49.03 $49.03 $0 0%

Wastewater

4,800 gallons/month WQA

$34.25 $34.25 $0 0%

Stormwater

8,600 sq. ft. lot, light runoff

$21.74 $21.74 $0 0%
Total Average Bill $183.16 $184.73 $1.56 0.9%

Rates pay for construction and maintenance of Fort Collins' stormwater system, which helps protect residents and businesses during storms and floods. All developed properties within city limits pay stormwater rates, which are based on:

  • Lot Size - lot area in square feet, plus the customer's share of open space in the development, if applicable
  • Base Rate - $0.00453
  • Rate Factor - based on the percentage of impervious area (surfaces that do not absorb water) such as buildings, parking lots and concrete

Formula for Estimated Monthly Rates:

  • Single-family Lots Under 12,000 Square Feet
    Monthly Rate = $0.00453 x runoff factor x square feet up to 12,000

  • Single-family Lots Over 12,000 Square Feet*
    Monthly Rate = $0.00113 x runoff factor x square feet > 12,000
    *These lots receive a reduction in fees on that portion of the lot greater than 12,000 feet.

  • Duplex and Multi-Family Lots
    Monthly Rate = $0.00453 x runoff factor x area in square feet.

Prices effective January 2021.

Rate Factor Percent of
Impervious Area
Rate Factor Category
(based on land use)
.25 0 - .30 Very Light
.4 .31 - .50 Light**
.6 .51 - .70 Moderate
.8 .71 - .90 Heavy
.95 .91-1.0 Very Heavy

**typical for residential

Service charges may apply.

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.


Did You Know?

Using power strips to turn off selected appliances when not in use helps reduce energy use.

We clean and maintain the City's wastewater system year-round to prevent sewer backups. You can help by only flushing the three Ps.

Leaving grass clippings where they fall adds nutrients to the soil. A mulching mower chops grass into small pieces.