In response to the drought in 2002, and to encourage water conservation, Centennial Water and Sanitation District and the Highlands Ranch Metro District implemented an innovative water budgeting concept for water customers. The water budget for outdoor irrigation provides enough water for healthy landscapes, but not so much that our resource is wasted. Progressively higher tiered rates over the allotted budget serve to encourage conservation. However, customers will only be billed for water consumed, regardless of their water budget amount.
Residential Water Customers
This program allows for a method of computing residential bi-monthly water bills based on an indoor and outdoor allocation component. The indoor residential component is based upon average wintertime usage and may be adjusted for household population. The outdoor irrigation component allows residents an amount tailored to their individual lot size.
Non-Residential Water Budgets
The indoor non-residential budget is based on meter size. The outdoor irrigation component allows non-residential customers an amount tailored to their lot size if a separate irrigation-only meter is installed.