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Bulk Water and Hydrant Meter Water Sales

Effective July 15, 2019, the bulk water station will be out of service indefinitely and the $10.00 monthly fee will be suspended. Also, we will no longer have the capability to sell water to walk-in customers after July 15, 2019.

The city’s key-operated bulk water dispensing system is no longer supported and is failing. Over the next several months, options for re-instating the service in the future will be explored.

Other options for bulk water acquisition exist and include commercial water haulers, commercial bulk water stations and other municipal bulk water systems in the area.  City hydrant meters are also available to contractor license holders and require a deposit and a monthly service charge.

Hours of Operation:  
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed for federal and city holidays.
Municipal Service Center
5050 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 413-7101
[email protected]

Individuals who wish to use a fire hydrant meter to purchase bulk water from the City of Boulder must first obtain a permit and pay the deposit. Applications can be found  here.

City hydrant meters are provided on a cart.  The cart cannot be altered or removed from the meter.  Backflow devices are included with the hydrant meter; these devices are required and cannot be altered or removed.  If freeze damage occurs to the hydrant meter, the meter must be returned to the city’s Municipal Services Center for repair.  The permit holder is responsible for the cost of any parts/labor associated with damages.

Please contact the Municipal Service Center at (303) 413-7101 or [email protected] at least one business day in advance to schedule an appointment to pick up a hydrant meter.

Permit holders must have a current Right of Way or Contractor's License to install or remove a hydrant meter. If no proof of license is provided, city meter technicians must be scheduled to install and remove hydrant meters and service fees will be charged.

Permits are active and effective for one year and may be renewed up to 90 days prior to expiration. Meters must be returned every 6 months to the Municipal Service Center for recalibration.

Meter Reading

Self-reported hydrant meter readings shall be provided to the city no later than the 10th day of the following month for billing purposes. Pictures of the hydrant meter dial must be sent to [email protected] via email. The city may request verification of meter readings in its sole discretion.

Please see the   Fire Hydrant Meter  Application for a full list of conditions and restrictions.

Fees & Billing

The permit holder shall pay a deposit of $2,400 per hydrant meter, refundable if the meter is returned in substantially the same condition of its issue within six months, and the permit holder has complied with all terms, conditions, and restrictions of the permit.

Deposit is required at the time of application. Payment will be accepted by check only. The deposit will be returned with any costs for damages and unpaid bills deducted. The value of unreturned items will be deducted from the deposit at the actual replacement cost plus 15%. Failure to return any or all of the permit-related items may result in fines in addition to the deposit forfeiture. The permit holder understands that the hydrant assembly and its appurtenances remain the property of the City of Boulder.

If unpaid invoices exceed the amount of the deposit, the customer will be invoiced for any outstanding amounts. If invoices go unpaid for more than 60 days, the city may reclaim the meter and revoke the right-of-way permit.

Water is billed at $8.00/1,000 gallons at 1,000-gallon increments.

Monthly service fees are $133.75/month if the service is within the City of Boulder limits and $200.63/month if service is outside the city.

Hydrant Meter installation/reset: $67 
Hydrant Meter removal: $81

Replacement permits: $10 processing fee