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North Weld County
Water District

32825 CR 39
PO Box 56 Lucerne, CO 80646

Phone: 970.356.3020
Fax: 970.395.0997
E-mail: Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

Monthly Rates and Fees ...

The District now offers a Direct Payment Option.  Please Click Here for more information, commonly asked questions and the enrollment form. 

Current Water Year

The current water year began with the reading of your meter taken in mid-October.  The water year runs from the meter reading taken in mid-October to the following meter reading taken in mid-October of the following year.

Monthly Water Rates

0 to 6,000 gallons        $19.20 Minimum
6,000 gallons and up    $3.20 per 1,000 gallons (Kgal)

Meter Readings and Bill Due Dates 

The monthly charges listed above are applicable to all accounts. The minimum monthly charge is billed for usage between 0 Kgal and 6 Kgal and is applicable if the water is turned off.

Most water meters are located just inside your property line along the county road.  The District requires that new meters be installed on the property for which they serve.

The District asks that you please call for any service call, any request to turn water on or off, or any other request dealing with the meter pit that you contact us.  The District's responsibility ends at the meter pit (or valve on the customer side of the meter) and the meter pit is a District facility under District maintenance.  We are able to respond to your request quickly and ask that you contact us rather than run the risk of damaging equipment. 

The meter is read monthly, towards the end of the month, however the actual day varies depending on the weekend and holiday schedule of the month.  Each meter is read and estimated readings are very rare. The bills are processed and mailed out on the last day of the month.  The bill is due the 15th day of the following month.  For example, the bill would be mailed August 31st with a due date of September 15th. 

Our office staff reviews the usage for the new bill and proactively responds to usages that appear excessively high.  Although we cannot be sure how you are using the water, the District is proactive about leak detection for customers and we do our best to notify you as soon as possible if there appears to be excessively high usage. 

Please contact our office if you have any concerns or questions about your bill.

Rate Differential Fee

The District will cease the acceptance of annual water transfers except when the Board of Directors declares a drought situation, effective November 1, 2015.

Water Allocation Surcharge

Water Surcharge will be assessed when an account's year to date usage exceeds the annual water allotment.  Currently, the surcharge is $2.00 per Kgal of usage.   This fee is to recover the District's cost to obtain additional water rights for delivery.

Plant Investment Surcharge

When an account's year to date usage exceeds the Plant Investment Allotment (# of equivalent taps x the yearly allotment of plant investment allowed per tap), a Plant Investment Surcharge will be assessed.  The transfer of additional water will NOT remove this charge.  Additional Plant Investments must be purchased to increase the allotment and reduce the Surcharge. 

0 to 456,000 gallons usage above the Plant Investment Allotment is $3.95 per Kgal
More than 456,000 gallons usage above the Plant Investment Allotment is $1.95 per Kgal

The Current Tap Fee Schedule is available on the Tap Information page.

How to Read Your Monthly Water Bill

The bill is divided into three sections:
1.) The Bottom Section is the stub that you return to the office with your payment. This section lists your account number, service address, mailing address, and total amount due.
2.) The Middle Section states your account number, name and service address, as well as the dates that the meter was read.  This is the current billing period of the bill.  Under this area you will see to the right a date which indicates the date the meter was read or the date a payment was received. To the left of the date, the PREV. READ and the CURR. READ are the actual reading numbers from the meter.  Your usage then is calculated by subtracting the PREV. READ from the CURR. READ and is shown to the right of the readings.  The dollar amount due for the indicated usage is to the far right and any surcharges that the account may be in would appear under the reading information. 
3.) On the top left of the bill, there is a graph that indicates your usage trend over a 12 month period.  The scale or the y-axis of the graph can change depending on the usage.  This graph is a visual demonstration of your usage for the past 12 months.  To the right of the graph, we list your Water Class information.  Taps in the District can have any level of allocation depending on how they were purchased or added onto throughout time.  The standard water allocation amount is 70% of 1.000 Acre Foot which equals 228,000 gallons.  The District issues 70% because it is the historic delivery of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.  Some years are lower and some years are higher depending on environmental factors but the District has been able to make up the difference on the lower years and provide storage for the higher years.  Transferred Water refers to Rental Water that has been transferred to the account for alleviation of the water surcharge.  Allocation Adjustment is used when Rental Water is utilized but the account is already in the red or has a negative water allocation.  The District has to bring the account back to zero and then apply the transferred water or the customer would be paying twice for the use of the Rental Water.  The Less YTD Usage is the actual amount of water that the account has used year to date (YTD).  Your allocation amount plus any transfers minus the Less YTD Usage thus equals the Remaining Water Allocation which is the amount of water you have left to use in the water year without entering into the surcharges.

Plant Investment Class is listed below the water allocation class and can also vary in allocation depending on how the account was purchased or added to throughout time.  The Plant Investment Allocation is also 70% of 1.000 Acre Foot which equals 228,000 gallons.  The Plant Investment can be grandfathered to an account due a change in the District billing system effective in 2000.  Thus, to make the change an easier transition, some accounts were grandfathered at 1998 usage.  The grandfathering on the account is only valid for the current owner of the account or a direct family member who may purchase the property.  If the property is sold to someone other than a direct family member, then the grandfathering would become void.  The Less YTD Usage is the actual amount of plant investment allocation that the account has used year to date (YTD).  Your allocation amount plus any grandfathered Plant Investment minus the Less YTD Usage thus equals the Remaining Plant Investment Allocation which is the amount of allocation you have left to use in the water year without entering into the surcharges.