Private water costs more

Everyone who buys a house in Denver’s growing suburbs pays a hidden price for water.

That first twist of the faucet in a new suburban home costs as much as $24,424 – more than twice the amount charged in any U.S. city outside metro Denver surveyed last year by the American Water Works Association.

In semi-arid Colorado, there are well-known reasons for the high cost of water service. Among them: scant reservoir space and an immense mountain range separating water from people.

A less-discussed reason is that in Colorado, water is property, and in much of the state, somebody already owns a right to use every gallon. Getting that water requires entering a volatile market where prices can double in an instant

Via Colorado Water, who adds more.