Utilities - Water and Sewer

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The citizens of Steamboat Springs rely on the Utilities Division to provide safe and reliable water and sewer services. Although Finance actually bills you for water and sewer service, Utilities provides the service and maintenance for two systems:

2023 Notice of Drinking Water Violation

Water Distribution - The distribution personnel are responsible for the water mains, fire hydrants, and valves that provide fire protection and potable water to your home or business.

Sewer Collection- The collection system includes hundreds of manholes and of sanitary sewer lines, which carry the City's waste out to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mt Werner Water Meter Vault

Utilities Responsibilities

Meter Questions / Replacement / Reading 

You must purchase your water meter from the City of Steamboat Springs. This is typically done at the time plant investment fees are paid. Contact the Meter Technician at 970-871-2750 to pick up the meter. All meter repairs are also handled by the Meter Tech.


All inspections of water and sewer lines and meter assemblies are performed by Utilities. All inspections require a 24-hour notice. 

  • Inspections must be scheduled through the Utilities Engineer at 970-871-8211. 
  • Meter inspections should be scheduled through the Meter Technician at 970-871-2750.

Plant Investment Fees (PIFs)

Also known as Tap Fees, PIFs must be paid prior to building permit approval. In order to have a PIF calculated, call 970-871-8211 for an appointment, or see the Plant Investment Fee Calculation Form (PDF).


Utilities performs water and sewer main line taps within the city district. To schedule a tap, call 970-871-6303. The utility contractor must be present at the time of the tap.

Utility Locates 

undefined Opens in new windowEvery digging job requires contacting Colorado 811 to have underground utilities marked, even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.  

If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.  

All Homeowners, contractors, and professionals must contact 811 two to three days before digging to have underground utilities marked, it’s the LAW.   

Engineering Review / Development Review

Development Applications for projects within the city district are reviewed by Utilities. All development applications are routed by Planning & Community Development.

Construction Plan Review

A minimum of three weeks is required for review of each plan submittal. Several plan submittals may be required in order to achieve acceptable construction plans. Utility construction cannot begin prior to construction plan approval.

Record Document Review

A blue line copy of the as-builts is submitted to Utilities for review. A mylar of the as-builts is submitted after all identified corrections are made from review of the blue line.

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