Unearthing the importance of good soil

Published: 5/22/2015  9:12 AM
Good soil preparation saves time, energy and money. Why? Colorado soils have very low levels of organic matter and are often highly compacted. While plants native to Colorado have adapted to soils low in organic matter, plants not native to Colorado ...

Find ways to save at our Open House

Published: 5/20/2015  10:48 AM
Curious of which water-wise plants are best suited for your yard? Wondering how you can make your home more energy efficient? Join us at our Open House, Saturday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conservation and Environmental Center (2855 M ...

Students save more than 1 million gallons of water

Published: 5/18/2015  3:09 PM
Many students in Colorado Springs learned about water this year. During the 2014-15 school year, our water education school programs connected with more than 10,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Programs covered topics from water supp ...

The scoop about mulch

Published: 5/15/2015  10:47 AM
One of the biggest secrets to growing a beautiful landscape is covering bare soil between plants with mulch. When you use mulch, landscape plants stay healthier and last longer. You also save water –evaporative water loss is reduced by 50 to 60 perc ...

Featured xeriscape plant: Siberian peashrub

Published: 5/14/2015  10:27 AM
The Siberian peashrub is an upright shrub with and oval shape (taller than broad). Bright, small yellow flowers are pea-shaped and followed by a fruit that resembles a short, narrow peapod. The compound leaves are light green in color with short, st ...

Properly installed sump pumps can save you $$ and worry

Published: 5/13/2015  12:11 PM
With the nearly nonstop rain we've experienced over the last several days, sump pumps are in high demand at local hardware stores, and for good reason. For customers with basements or crawl spaces in their homes, the use of sump pumps is fairly com ...

Nationally recognized for leadership development

Published: 5/12/2015  1:27 PM
Whether you see an electric worker responding to an electric outage, or you’re speaking with one of our customer service representatives about your account, we’ve ensured they’ve received the proper training to serve our customers effectively. Behin ...

Drip irrigation for your xeriscape

Published: 5/11/2015  3:26 PM
I thought I knew enough about xeriscape to feel I could successfully convert a portion of my lawn to low-water plants and shrubs. That is, until I was reminded that my irrigation system will need to change too. Whether you’re replacing grass or est ...

Electric workers put it all on the line

Published: 5/5/2015  4:54 PM
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Most of us have heard this phrase applied a number of ways, most likely describing U.S. postal workers. The same could be sai ...

Greener ways for our waterways

Published: 4/30/2015  4:05 PM
Trails and waterways – also known as greenways – are an inherent part of our local environment and culture. Hey, it’s why a lot of us love living here. Over time, though, many of these areas have degraded because of littler, improper use and other ...

 Next >>

Watch your water bill   

Eric  by  Eric  on  4/18/2013

SprinklersAs a community, we’ve responded great to the call to be more efficient with our water. We’re seeing less water use compared to last year and, so far, we’re achieving our desired savings.

That’s great news; however, I also want to share with you a reality that we’re seeing as the April bills are being processed. Yes, we’re saving water, but we’re also seeing plenty of customers who are reaching that third block of water use, which significantly increase the rate.

In case you’ve been under a rock or traveling out in space, you’re probably aware of the water restrictions that went into place April 1. What hasn’t received as much coverage, however, is the revised rate structure that also went into effect.

Rather than try to spell it out, I’ll let the table below do the talking. Here’s how the rates changed.

Standard tiered
pricing blocks​
Water shortage pricing
blocks (beginning April 1)​
price per CF​
Water shortage price
(beginning April 1)​
Block 1​ Up to 999 CF​ No change​ $0.0311​ No change​
Block 2​ 1,000 to 2,499 CF​ 1,000 to 1,999 CF​ $0.0584​ No change​
Block 3​ More than 2,500 CF​ More than 2,000 CF​ $0.0885​ $0.177​

The bigger question to answer is “How does this affect my bill?” Here are some examples of how “the more you use, the more you pay” structure could impact your pocketbook.

​Cubic Feet (CF) Gallons Standard bill​ Level II B drought bill​
500​ 3,740​ $29.68​ $29.68​
1,000​ 7,480​ $45.26​ $45.26​
1,500​ 11,220​ $74.46​ $74.46​
1,999​ 14,953​ $103.60​ $103.60​
2,500​ 18,700​ $132.89​ $192.28​
3,000​ 22,440​ $177.14​ $280.78​
3,500​ 26,180​ $221.39​ $369.28​
4,000​ 29,920​ $265.64​ $457.78​

It’s important to remember that not all bills are calculated by the calendar month. As a result, most April bills will be prorated based on your March and April water use. Watch this short video for a better description about how this is done.

If you don’t have a copy of a recent bill, simply login to your online account and you can see how much water you used last year and compare the cubic feet or gallons with the chart above to get an idea of what your bill might look like this summer.

While you’re in your online account, check out the new My Usage feature. You can use it to track your daily use throughout the month and get an idea of where you are before you even get your bill. By watching your use, you might be able to make some easy changes to save water and prevent you from entering the block 3 rate for the billing period. You can learn more about My Usage in this video.

There’s no doubt we’re in a drought but, together, we can beat it. Here’s to a wet summer that helps us all save water.


Add a comment


Good job. Even though we have very intelligent customers it works much better to show in real time what their bills could look like.

Thursday, April 25, 2013  3:42 PM  Bob

Thanks Bob!

Monday, April 29, 2013  8:04 AM  Eric