Carl Paulson’s Graph on Customer Consumption for 2014

Here is a graphic showing the percent change expected from 2015 to 2016.  It is based on actual customer consumption for 2014 provided to me from Denver Water for single family residences (they provided no personal identifying information). It is available as Exhibit A from Denver Water’s Board of Commissioners meeting minutes, March 22.  Note that these are annual increases. The monthly increase experienced now will be as high as 50%.


The previous graph didn’t show the horizontal axis with lot size increasing to the right. Basically, it shows what we all know to be true: the largest lots are located in Cherry Hills. That’s not to say there aren’t any outside Cherry Hills, but it is a much lower percentage.


If you look back at the first graph I posted you can see that the top 445 customers will see a savings of $890,000 or $2,000 or a savings of between 20% and 40% each.

Offsetting this are the bottom 20,107 customers who will pay $2,150,000 more than they would have under the 2015 schedule. They will pay 20% to 40% more with this new schedule.

Combining the data from the scatter plot I originally posted with the tables showing yard size by DW contract and annual water consumption I have estimated the following:

Littleton residents will pay $600,000 more per year.

Cherry Hills and Greenwood Village will pay $500,000 less per year.


3 Responses

  1. Problem with water consumption: used 3x’s more water June 1 – July 2nd compared to previous month and last year- I know I did NOT use more water during this period, I live alone, didn’t water lawn much (only 1 time) due to good rains etc. and my washer was broken???? Also had Denver water come out and “correct meter reading and no apparent leaks”. Wow something’s wrong with this, especially when I saw how many other people in Littleton complained of this same thing. Not sure what we can do about this.

  2. This is my post on the nextdoor website about my high water bill.
    Tina Cook from Progress Park 22h ago

    This is insane, our bill’s for May and June are identical. $18.63 then from Jun 2nd to July 1st it sky rocked to 208.13. How is this even possible? I had a denver water guy come out and do a flow test on my meter. It showed a little leak of 1/10 per hour. It was not the 1,000 gallons per day. He said his gear was working fine, meter reading equipment. Now how am I to know this.I am turning of my sprinkler system and see what happens.

  3. Thanks so much for all of your work on this, Carl! I really hope that word gets around and that Jennifer Brown writes the article for the Denver Post. It’s the deceptive way that Denver Water reported this that bother’s me as much as the unequal geographic sharing of the increase. I definitely do not understand what their logic for this could possibly be. Hope more people speak up!

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