Allotment Contract Information

This section contains information about allotment contracts, storage and parking agreements, assessments and liens. For questions about specific allotment contracts or transferring contract ownership, please contact:

Sherri Rasmussen
Northern Water
220 Water Ave.
Berthoud, CO 80513
970-622-2217
800-369-7246 (RAIN)
srasmussen@northernwater.org

Class D Contracts

Class D contracts attach a water allotment to a specific tract of land for agricultural purposes. Learn more»

Class B & C Contracts

Class B contracts consist of Temporary Use permits, original Class B contracts and Section 131 contracts for municipal purposes. Class C contracts are available for municipal, domestic, irrigation, multipurpose and industrial uses. Learn more»

Storage & Parking Agreements

Storing or parking C-BT Project allotment contract units violates Northern Water policies. A qualified allottee may place an allotment contract in the Inactive Allotment Contract Account for up to 12 months. Learn more»

Assessments

Find information about Class B, Class C and Class D assessments and inactive accounts here. Learn more»

Effective January 14, 2016, the Northern Water Board of Directors adopted Resolution D-1264-01-16, Changes to Allotment Contracts Resulting in Open Rate Classification. Learn more»

Water Assessments and Rate Study


Board Sets 2018 Water Assessments
The Northern Water Board of Directors set 2018 water assessments during an Aug. 3, 2016, public hearing. Assessments for open-rate irrigation contracts increased from $24.90 per acre-foot unit to $25.70, and assessments for open-rate municipal, industrial and multipurpose contracts increased from $42.20 per acre-foot unit to $43.50.

The Board followed its general rate-setting objectives, which are outlined in its 2014 forward guidance resolution. Among other objectives, the resolution proposed a 2-year step increase in assessments beginning in 2016, and moving irrigation assessments towards a cost-of-service based rate. Both of these objectives are represented in the 2018 assessments.

Water Assessments Estimate for 2019-2020
The Board passed a resolution at its Oct. 12, 2017, meeting providing an estimate of water assessments for 2019-2020. The estimated range of open-rate irrigation assessments in 2019 is $26.20 to $26.70 per acre-foot unit and in 2020 $26.50 to $27.90. The estimated range of open-rate municipal, industrial and multipurpose assessments for 2019 is $44.40 to $45.20 per acre-foot unit and in 2020 $44.80 to $47.20.

For information on water assessments, please contact Sherri Rasmussen at 970-622-2217.

Northern Water Completes Water Rate Study
The 2014 forward guidance resolution came after a comprehensive rate study that Northern Water conducted for more than eight months in 2013 and 2014. The four public meetings that were part of the study included two public hearings in May and June of 2014.

The water rate study was conducted to determine what adjustments are needed in Northern Water’s revenue structure, primarily its water assessment rates, to ensure the future financial health of the organization and to meet operation and maintenance commitments to the Colorado-Big Thompson Project.

For more information on the rate study, please contact Jerry Gibbens at 970-622-2299 or email RateStudy@northernwater.org.

Rate Study Documents
Final Cost of Service Rate Study Report
 
Rate Hearing Information and Documents
June 5: Rate Study Handout
June 5: Rate Hearing Notebook Update
May 1: Rate Hearing Notebook
May 1: Rate Hearing Process and Comments Presentation
May 1: Rate Study Hearing Presentation
April 9: Rate Study Meeting at Spring Water Users Meeting
Jan. 10: Rate Study Meeting




Deadlines to Submit Completed Water Transfer Applications
Water transfer applications must be submitted 20 days prior to a scheduled Northern Water board meeting in order to be considered by the board during that particular meeting. Upcoming deadlines to submit completed applications are:

2018