All sump pumps in West Fargo should switch to discharge outside beginning Saturday, April 15, 2023, if possible. If unable, residents are asked to monitor weather conditions so that sump pumps can switch to discharge outdoors as soon as possible.
The City of West Fargo requires this action to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirement to have separate stormwater and sanitary sewer water systems. Sump pumps discharging outside help to ensure the sewer system is not overwhelmed during snow melt and rain events, which can lead to sewage backup in properties and partially treated sewage water emptying into the Sheyenne River.
Sump pump water diverted outside should drain away from buildings to prevent recirculation. The City recommends discharging into backyards and coordinating with neighbors to ensure sump pump water is not causing drainage concerns.
Additionally, sump pump drainage hoses cannot cross sidewalks or positioned in a way that allows the water to pool on sidewalks. Both scenarios are safety hazards and considered illegal in the City of West Fargo.
Residents must obtain a sump pump variance and pay a $5 monthly fee year-round to discharge water from the sump pump into the sanitary sewer system during winter months. The variance is only valid from Oct. 15 to April 15. The $5 fee is paid through the property’s utility bill. The sump pump water must divert outside during the remainder of the year.
If you have questions or concerns about discharging your sump pump outside, please contact Public Works at 701-515-5400.