Why does the City of West Fargo use water usage to calculate sewer charges?

According to the Water Environmental Federation, determining flow for wastewater is a complicated by the fact that most customers are not metered for wastewater flow. Even if a large user is metered for flow, the meters themselves tend to have some challenges on reliability. As a result, one of the most common approaches to determining the volume for wastewater is using the metered water use.

All of the industry standards and recommend approaches rely on the metered water consumption to some extent due to the cost and impracticality of metering wastewater flow. Under the new water and sewer rate structure, the City of West Fargo will use metered water usage, but put a cap on residential usage. This is done to account for much of the summer water flow that may not go into the sewer system.

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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?