What is the Usage Charge based on?

Usage charges come from the amount of water recorded by the customer’s meter.

  • Charges are a volumetric rate per 1,000 gallons of water.
  • Because it is not feasible to meter sewage, water usage is also the basis for sewer charges.
  • Sewer charges max out at 8,000 gallons per month for residential accounts.

The usage charges are costs for operating the utility, such as water purchases, wastewater treatment, transmission, distribution, collection, pumping, and other operational and environmental variables. These are basically the costs associated with the gallon of water as it comes from your tap.

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1. What do the rates actually pay for?
2. Why did the rate change?
3. What is a Cost of Service Analysis (COSA) and how does it work?
4. What is the basis of a Fixed Charge?
5. What is the Usage Charge based on?
6. Do you pay more if you use more water?
7. How did you decide how many gallons were in each tier?
8. Are businesses and apartments subject to the same increases?
9. Will bills go up for those who use the same or less amount of water?
10. Will the new water rates make watering the lawn too expensive?
11. If rates are increasing this year, why are they increasing again next year?
12. How will the City announce the rate changes?
13. Will rent go up in apartments due to this?
14. Is there an opportunity to find assistance for those on a fixed income?
15. What do West Fargo residents pay in comparison to Fargo residents?
16. When does this go into effect?
17. Where can I view the new water and sewer rates?
18. How will I be billed if I use the City of West Fargo's sewer system but not the water system?
19. Why does the City of West Fargo use water usage to calculate sewer charges?