Will the new water rates make watering the lawn too expensive?

The new residential rates provides a two-tier structure for water rates and a cap on sewage charges to avoid penalizing homes for maintaining a nice, green lawn. In the new two-tier structure, water usage up to 20,000 gallons is charged at a lower rate. If you use more than 20,000 gallons per month to water your lawn you may pay more. The sewage rate for residents caps at 8,000 gallons.

Here is an example of charges for 18,000 gallons of water (4,000 water indoors and 14,000 gallons to maintain an average sized lawn).

Water Usage
Monthly Water Fixed Charge

Monthly Water Usage Charge
Water Charge
18,000 gallons$7.25+(18 x $7.00)=$133.25
Sewer UsageMonthly Sewer Fixed Charge
Monthly Sewer Usage Charge
Sewer Charge
18,000 gallons$9.00+(8 x $4.00)=$41.00


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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?