Scrape-off/Redevelopment Policy

Denver Water defines a “scrape-off” as the redevelopment of existing customer properties (Denver Water Operating Rules, Chapter 9.04.2). A scrape-off includes the full demolition of a structure, or a renovation that impacts or replaces internal plumbing.

Additional information is available through Denver Water Operating Rules, Chapter 9.04.3 and Engineering Standards, Chapter 3.17.

The following information will help you determine what action to take.

Scrape-off/Renovation (internal plumbing impacted)

If your original tap date is 50 years or older:

The tap must be cut at the main within 60 days of demolition and the water meter must be returned to Denver Water. The tap cut must be witnessed by Denver Water.

If your original tap date is newer than 50 years:

Depending on the tap size, location, alignment, and the new structure’s water demand, the tap may be reusable. Any tap that will be reused must remain metered at all times and meet current Denver Water Engineering Standards.

Depending on your site conditions, here is what to expect:

For meters located inside the structure to be demolished:

The meter must be moved by the owner to an outside meter pit prior to demolition. The new outside meter pit shall meet current Denver Water Engineering Standards. Call Meter Inspections at 303-628-6145 to schedule an on-site evaluation of the new meter setting.

Or, the tap must be scheduled to be cut by the owner and witnessed by Denver Water. The meter can only be removed after the tap is cut.

For meters located outside the structure:

If the tap is approved for reuse, the meter must remain accessible and in line during demolition and construction. The meter setting may require corrections to meet current Denver Water Engineering Standards. Prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy, schedule an appointment with Meter Inspections at 303-628-6145 for a final inspection of the meter pit.

If the new structure requires a new larger service:

The existing tap must be cut within 60 days of completion of demolition and the water meter must be returned to Denver Water. Prior to beginning construction on the new structure, contact Meter Inspections at 303-628-6145 to verify the new tap and meter location.

Renovation (no impact to internal plumbing)

If a non-copper service line is left undisturbed by renovation work, Denver Water will educate and encourage the customer toward full replacement of the non-copper service line. Any tap that will be reused must remain metered at all times and meet current Denver Water Engineering Standards.

If a non-copper service line is disturbed by renovation work, then Denver Water Operating Rules, Chapter 9.04.3 will require the full replacement of the non-copper service line.

Policy revised August 20, 2015.