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2022 Rate Changes

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%

Residential wastewater rates include both variable and fixed charges. Variable charges are calculated from each household’s average water use billed during January, February and March (known as winter quarter average or WQA).

Winter months are used to calculate the WQA because this best represents indoor water use (which typically goes down your drains and into the wastewater system). These charges are calculated each April and apply to bills until the following April.

The minimum WQA is 3,000 gallons (4,000 gallons for duplexes). Customers who haven't been in a residence long enough to establish a WQA are billed based on the rate class average found in the table below.

Did you recently fix a leak? Please read through this information to request WQA readjustment.

More than 90% of wastewater costs are fixed. This includes the operation and maintenance of the collection systems and wastewater plants. These costs are calculated annually and apply to all accounts.

There also is a cost to have a connection to the collection system even when not in use, which is averaged over 12 months of bills.

Monthly Residential Wastewater Rates
(includes PILOT- payment in lieu of taxes)
Single
Family
Duplex Multi-
Family
Base Charge $18.86 $21.77 $2.96/unit
Volume Charge, per 1,000 Gallons $3.66 $3.27 $3.76
Minimum WQA 3,000 4,000 N/A
Rate class average WQA gallons for customers who have not established a WQA 4,000 6,200 3,200/unit

Charges rounded to the nearest cent. Actual costs vary due to rounding.
Service charges may apply.

Effective January 2021.

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.


Did You Know?

Stormwater pollution is the number one cause of water pollution in the country, and you can help prevent it.

Fort Collins Utilities is a community-owned utility that manages four essential services – Light & Power, Water, Wastewater and Stormwater.

Checking and sealing leaks in attics, basements and crawl spaces can improve your home's performance.