Transfer of Service

When the ownership of property is transferred, the water and sewer service must be transferred from the seller to the buyer. There is a $145 fee for each Transfer of Service. Colorado law dictates that a title company execute most transfers of service. Customer bills are sent to the property owner responsible for payment.

For all rental properties within the District’s service area, the customer account will remain in the name of the Owner of Record. If you are leasing or renting your residence, you may request a copy of the bill be sent to you as well. In some instances, a homeowner or condominium association may collect dues and pay for your water and sewer use.

Water and sanitation districts have perpetual lien rights under Colorado Revised Statutes Title § 32-1-1001 (j)(I).  The District has the right to lien any property that may have a delinquent or past due account. These lien rights are protected for the seller and buyer through the establishment of an escrow with the appropriate title company. Please contact us with any questions.

TITLE COMPANIES

The District requires notice of closing from title companies when transfer of ownership of a property in our District takes place. Timely notification to the District of a canceled/re-scheduled closing is the responsibility of the Owner/Purchaser representative (Title Company) of the property.

Title companies provide the District with information necessary to transfer water service from the seller to the buyer. The title company completes a Transfer of Service form, forwards it to the District, and the district estimates the final bill to the title company. The title company escrows that amount from the seller at closing. Any surplus monies collected at closing is refunded to the seller by the title company after the final bill is paid.

Each Transfer of Service will include a fee of $145. This mandatory fee will be charged to the final bill of the closing account. All transfer of information must be submitted to the District at least five (5) business days prior to date of transfer (closing). Please provide notification to . Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a processing fee of $65.00 per occurrence, to be billed to the responsible Title Company.

Closing Date Change – For cases in which a closing date is canceled or delayed, please notify Customer Service at least 24 hours in advance to transferofservices@www.erwsd.org, by fax at 970-476-8357, or call one of our Customer Service Representatives at 970-476-7480. Timely notification helps avoid inaccurate final meter reads and completes transfer of service on the appropriate date.

Tap Fees Due – No transfers will be allowed if tap fees are not paid. Tap fees or impediments must be paid at the time of closing as a lien may exist or may be placed on the property.

Transfer of Service Form – You may request a Transfer of Service form by contacting . Email the completed form to the District.

PROPERTY OWNERS

The District is to be notified whenever properties are purchased or sold. Customers not using a local title company need to contact the District for information on transferring water and/or sewer service at 970-476-7480.

Final bills are based upon a meter reading taken on the closing date. Unless the District is notified of a delay in closing, the account is transferred from the seller to the buyer on the date of closing. Sellers are encouraged to call the District office several days before the scheduled closing to confirm the closing date and that the title company has contacted the District.

The District will collect final bills from tenants, however, it is the responsibility of the property owner to pay all charges associated with their property. New tenants cannot sign up for service at a property where outstanding charges are due until they have been paid. Please contact Customer Service with any questions.

RENTERS

The District requires the billing account be kept in the owner’s name and sends the bill directly to the property owner. However, tenants may request a copy of the bill and no deposit is required of the tenant. Please contact Customer Service with any additional questions.