What do the rates actually pay for?

The rates you pay go to fund the full operation of our water and sewer utilities. Specifically, this covers:

  • Staff time and supplies needed to maintain our system in good working order;
  • Cost of purchasing water from Fargo;
  • Cost of sending sewage to Fargo for treatment;
  • Cost of electricity to pump;
  • Future repair and rehabilitation water and sewer projects that will decrease reliance on special assessments;
  • Administrative cost of billing customers; and
  • Software to support the metering and payment system.

Last updated Friday, Feb. 10, 2023

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1. What do the rates actually pay for?
2. Why did the rate change?
3. What is a fixed charge?
4. What is the usage charge based on?
5. Why does the City charge a higher usage charge for water usage over 20,000 gallons?
6. Are businesses and apartments subject to the same increases?
7. Will bills go up for those who use the same amount of water?
8. How does the City of West Fargo's water and sewer rates help make watering the lawn affordable?
9. If rates are increasing in February, why might they increase again in 2023?
10. What do West Fargo residents pay in comparison to Fargo residents?
11. How will I be billed if I use the City of West Fargo's sewer system but not the water system?
12. Why does the City of West Fargo use water usage to calculate sewer charges?