Hydrant Meters

HYDRANT PROGRAM OF THE WHEAT RIDGE WATER DISTRICT


All Wheat Ridge Water hydrants meters may only be used on a Wheat Ridge Water District hydrant (Hereafter WRW District), all of which are marked by a blue metallic label. Use of our meters on another utility’s hydrants will result in a fine and/or confiscation of the meter.

To obtain a permit. apply at least three days in advance (weekends excluded) to the office of the Wheat Ridge Water District, 6827 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Be prepared to pay your deposit(s) at that time. Call at 303-424-2944 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All past invoices must be paid in full to renew a permit. Once the permit is approved, you will be contacted to pick up your meter and permit from the office.

  1. Any agency/user requesting a Fire Hydrant use permit may be assigned to a specific

numbered WRW District hydrant(s). Criteria will include but not be limited to:

    1. Project location.
    2. Scope of the project.
    3. The agency requesting the permit.
    4. Previous use history of the requestor.


  1. Those agencies/users assigned to multiple hydrants, must “call-in” daily advising the WRWD of the hydrant location and hydrant number being used. Such is necessary for fire protection and monitoring.


  1. Any agency/user requiring use of the meter/s lasting a period greater than thirty (30) days are required to call the office of the WRW District with the meter readings on the following date schedule:


JANUARY 26, 2022,              JULY 26, 2022

FEBRUARY 24, 2022,           AUGUST 26, 2022

MARCH 28, 2022,                  SEPTEMBER 24, 2022

APRIL 25, 2022,                     OCTOBER 26, 2022

MAY 26, 2022,                       NOVEMBER 28, 2022

JUNE 27, 2022,                      DECEMBER 27, 2022


Failure to follow the “call-in” schedule as noted above will generate an automatic invoice of two hundred and fifty ($250.00) in addition to water usage charges and monthly fee.

RENTAL AND PERMIT CHARGES FOR FIRE HYDRANT AND BACK FLOW EQUIPMENT EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2022:


Length of Permit                                             

Rental and Permit Fee

Yearly Permit, 

$435.00, billed annually

Short term ≤1 Month

$170.00 

After One Month, Up to 2 additional months.

$100.00 additional per month, the account will be billed  $65.00, after that it will become a yearly permit.


After three months, the permit will be considered an annual permit, and the District will bill an additional fee of $65.00 and the permit will be considered an Annual fee, and subject to be billed annually. Permits and rental charges are nonrefundable and are subject to all the terms and conditions contained herein.


            MINIMUM MONTHLY WATER USAGE  FEE…………………………………… $     40.00

            METER DEPOSIT (REFUNDABLE)…………………………………………        $ 1,800.00

            METER BACK-FLOW DEVICE (REFUNDABLE)……………………….         $ 1,100.00

            WATER USAGE (PER 1000 GALLONS) ……………………………….          $ 10.00


THE PERMIT HOLDER/APPLICANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO THE METER, BACK-FLOW DEVICE, FIRE HYDRANTS AND ANY STREET REPAIRS DEEMED DAMAGED BY THE IMPROPER OPERATION OF THE HYDRANT. REPAIRS WILL BE BILLED BASED ON TIME AND MATERIALS.

CHARGES FOR THE VIOLATION OF THE HYDRANT USE PRIVILEDGE:


            THEFT OF WATER ………………………………………………….       $ 250.00

            NO VALVE …………………………………………………………….        $ 100.00

            NO BACK-FLOW DEVICE ……………………………………….         $ 750.00

            UNAUTHORIZED HYDRANT USE ……………………………         $ 500.00

            UNAUTHORIZED FIRE HYDRANT WRENCH ……………          $ 100.00

             ANY OR ALL CHARGES MAY BE APPLIED TO EACH INCIDENT.


               IN THE EVENT THAT A USER VIOLATES THE ABOVE POLICY MORE THAN ONCE, THERE WILL BE AN AUTOMATIC CHARGE OF $2000.00.

Deposits are refundable subject to examination of all equipment and hydrants for damage. If any damage is present, the entire deposit is withheld until the meter, hydrant, and associated equipment is back in working order and the cost of all repairs determined.​​​​​​​

Permits can be issued to allow hydrant water use for the following:

  • Compaction
  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • Dust control
  • Hydro mulching    
  • Landscaping work
  • Pressure washing
  • Sewer flushing (to fill cleaning trucks only)
  • Street cleaning (to fill street cleaning machines)

Hydrant water should never be used for human consumption without use of approved hoses and connections, a valid water quality test and chlorination performed by WRW District, or a Denver Water approved laboratory prior to usage.


Hydrant water is not permitted for the following applications:

  • Swimming pools    
  • Retaining ponds    
  • Ditches    
  • Landscape maintenance (except through an air gap approved tanker truck)
  • Ice rinks      

Hydrants cannot be operated during freezing weather (temperatures below 32 degrees) except in cases of emergency and operated only by fire department personnel. Hydrant permits may be restricted during droughts. Employees of WRWD shall be allowed to examine a hydrant permit when the hydrant is in use.

Failure to comply with the permit regulations will result in fines based on the number of occurrences.

  • First Violation — $500.00
  • Second Violation — $1,000.00
  • Third Violation — $1,500.00 and 90-day suspension of all active permits.
  • Violations involving theft or deliberate misuse of Equipment --- $2,000.00.
  • Multiple violations of permit rules will result in a fine of up to $2,000.00.
  • The District Manager shall have authority to exercise discretion in the assessment of fines based upon the totality of the circumstances. Appeals or protests of fines are to be directed to the District Manager.

(If a violation is issued, the permit holder may be required to come into WRW District for education on proper hydrant usage.)

WRW Water may revoke all existing permits issued to a permit holder or issue fines, for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Failure to provide timely meter reads as set forth above
  • Use of a hydrant with an expired or a revoked permit.
  • Failure to properly support the backflow assembly when attached to hydrant.
  • Failure to attach a reduced pressure backflow prevention assembly while operating hydrant.
  • Failure to elevate the reduced pressure backflow prevention assembly while in use.
  • Failure to provide documentation stating the permit holder has given permission to a subcontractor to use the permitted backflow assembly.
  • Use of a pipe wrench or any assembly other than a proper hydrant wrench to open and close the hydrant or damaging the hydrant or its valve for any reason.
  • Equipment in disrepair resulting in water waste.
  • Other unauthorized use, misuse, theft, or other dishonesty involving WRW District hydrants or hydrant water use.
  • Operating hydrants without proper technique to open and close hydrant valves slowly resulting in damage to hydrant and mains of the WRW District. Abrupt closing of a hydrant valves causes water hammer which can damage the hydrant and break the mains.

All permitted connections to a hydrant must include:

  • Reduced pressure backflow prevention assembly that is testable and
  • Proper support with adjustable jack stands or dolly with the use of a hydrant wrench.
  • Hydrant Meter

Why do you require a reduced pressure backflow prevention assembly? Reduced pressure backflow assemblies protect the drinking water from high health hazards that may potentially contaminate the distribution system. A reduced pressure backflow device is required for all connections to a hydrant to protect WRWD’s distribution system from potential contamination. Permits must be on site when meter is in use. Copies can be made and kept in trucks for easy access.

What kind of support is required for meter and reduced pressure backflow prevention assembly? The Permit Holder is responsible for ensuring proper support for the Meter and Back Flow attached to any WRW District hydrant. Acceptable Meter and Back Flow support means the Meter and Back Flow is:
• Properly supported at all times.
• Upright (at least twelve inches above the ground/grade).
• Away from areas prone to water pooling.