Water Rates and Tap Fees
All new customers who request water service are required to pay water tap fees. These one-time charges are a way for the water utility to recover a portion of the cost for system capacity and water rights obtained for new customers and also to assure that “growth pays for growth,” and that existing utility customers will largely be sheltered from the financial impacts of new development.
To ensure continued high-quality utility service and plan for future upgrades through capital improvement projects, the Town of Estes Park periodically reviews the cost of providing services by having a system development charge/water rights fee study performed. The report, provided below, summarizes the results of a rigorous study of the Town's Water Division costs to meet customer demands, regulatory compliance and infrastructure repairs and/or replacments.
The Town’s public water utility is a cost-based entity that relies solely on user fees to operate. Costs and revenues must be balanced in order to maintain operations and keep utilities in line with ever-increasing federal standards. The Town’s Water Division is capable of serving Estes Park on the busiest day of summer. Yet like water utilities across the U.S., it is facing rising operational costs, aging infrastructure and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.