Rates & Policies

Rates were increased 4% on January 5, 2021 to reflect increases in operating costs. The rates remained the same for 2014, 2015 and 2016 then increased 4% each year.  Water and sewer charges are based on per-gallon usage. There is a minimum charge of $47.35. The rate for 3300 gallons (or less) in a month is charged at a conservation rate and usage over 3300 gallons is charged at a higher rate.

To see how Mountain Water and Sanitation District's base rates and tap fees compare to other local districts, view the Rate Comparison document

Mountain Water and Sanitation District has developed rules and regulations regarding water and sewer operations, including usage, connecting to and disconnecting from the system. A comprehensive booklet containing all district rules and regulations is available for inspection in the district office, 12365 Highway 285. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 303-838-1800.

Key Policies

Outside Watering

Outside watering is prohibited in Kings Valley by water court ruling. The decree issued in 1983 by Colorado District Court, Water Division, granting MWSD water rights, states, "The District shall enact and enforce rules and regulations prohibiting outside irrigation, street cleaning and car washing. Said rules and regulations may not be modified without prior approval of this Court." Garden hoses connected to hose spigots are not permitted.

Water Meters

The reading on the inside meter indicates actual water used, and if a discrepancy is found, the homeowner will be responsible for paying any additional usage fees based on the inside meter reading.

Inpection of Property

The district has the right to enter the property or structure served by the district for meter inspection, emergency service or other good cause related to District operations. Good cause, includes, for example,endpoint and meter repairs, inspection of curb stop valves, and routine inspection of meter accuracy inside homes.

Prohibition on Discharges
No person shall discharge to the public sewers pollutants or toxic materials, including:

  • Any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas.
  • Any waters containing toxic or poisonous solids, liquids or gases.
  • Water or waste containing corrosive properties.
  • Solid or viscous substances that could cause obstruction to the flow of sewers.
  • Paint or stain products of any quantity other than from cleaning of brushes.

Standard Residential Service Rates

Mountain Water & Sewer Services Cost of Services
Services Fee
Availability of Service, Vacant Lot, Monthly $30
Tap Fee- Water Service $14,500
Tap Fee- Sewer Service $14,500
Capital Improvement Fee $14,500
Connection Fee- Water $200
Connection Fee- Sewer $200
Turn on/off Fee $25
Transfer Service (one-time fee to seller) $50
Process Shut-Off Letter $50
Process New Service Application $50
Process County Certification $125
Process Lien $175
Contractor License Fee/Renewal $100
Service Line Inspection $50
Rules and Regulations Copy $13
Maps Copy $25
Copies 25 cents per side
Legal and enginering fees for property development service agreements, etc. Actual Cost

Our community's water meters are read each month. Please contact our office for any additional information.

Average Billing Examples

Description Amount
Gallons Used in 30-Day Month Water and Sewer Charge
1200 $80.97
3000 $131.40
3500 $153.96
4500 $224.69
6000 $330.78

Penalty Rates

Average Penalty Rates & Charges Amount
Penalties Charge
Late charge on unpaid balance of full service and availability bills $15.00
NSF Check, First Return Bank Charge + $25
Bad Check, Second Return Bank Charge +$50
Prohibited plumbing or device (e.g. bypasses, unmetered water lines) $1,000
First rules and regulation violation $50
Second rules and regulation violation $250
Third rules and regulation violation $500 + water shutoff
Penalty on unpaid tap and CIF 10 percent immediate penalty and 1 percent interest shall accrue monthly