Flat rate v. metered rate
Englewood has many customers who are on a flat rate water billing schedule. They pay the same amount for water every quarter no matter how much or how little they use. They have been on flat rate from the day they moved into their homes. It is likely that these folks may save money by going to metered water but, having never been on a meter, they don't know how much they might have to pay.
Test drive a water meter
Now it is possible to find out what your water bill would look like if you were on a meter without really switching to metered water. Introducing the Test Drive a Water Meter Program. The test drive is free. There is no obligation to switch to the metered rate and you get to see how your meter bill would look.
How does the program work?
In this program, an Englewood homeowner who is on flat rate water can have a meter installed at no expenses to them and try it out for up to a year while staying on the flat rate. Each quarter the Water Department will send them a report showing how much their water bill would have been if they would have been on a meter and compare it to their flat rate water bill. No matter the results, the homeowner is under no obligation to switch to a meter. If they don't want it, after a year the Water Department will remove the meter at no charge. If the homeowner decides to keep the meter and go on the metered rate, they will pay the City for the meter and installation. We only have 100 meters for this year, so if you are interested, call soon. It's first come first serve. Initially this program will be available first to homes that do not need the installation of an outside meter pit.
Here is the process to get set up:
- Call the Water Department at 303-762-2635 and ask to Test Drive a Meter.
- We will schedule a time specific appointment to come to your home to see what kind of meter installation is needed. Standard 3/4" or 5/8" meter installations in basements or crawl spaces and existing meter pits will be approved for the program first. If the meter installation requires digging a meter pit, that application may be approved if there are meters left over for that year.
- You will be asked to sign the Test Drive a Water Meter Agreement that spells out all the program details.
- The Water Department will have the meter installed.
- The Water Department will read the meter and send quarterly reports to the resident.
- If you decide not to keep the meter, the Water Department will remove it at no charge to the homeowner.
At any time during the test drive, if the savings are obvious, the homeowner may switch to the metered rate. At the end of a year, the homeowner must either switch to the metered rate or have the Water Department remove the meter.
If the homeowner decides to switch to the metered rate they will, at that time, pay the Water Department the cost of the meter and its installation. The cost of the meter and installation is usually about $400.00 if a meter pit is not needed. If the homeowner is unable to purchase the meter, they may apply for the Englewood Meter Assistance Program (EMAP). In this program they continue to pay the flat rate charge but the savings from the metered rate goes to pay off the meter installation costs.
It has been our experience that the average savings has been 50%. The longest time to pay back the meter on the EMAP program has been less than a year.