Do you pay more if you use more water?

Yes, the more water you use, the more you will pay.

The City has a two-tier rate structure for residential water use. The first tier volumetric rate is $7.00 per thousand gallons up to 20,000 gallons. The second tier is $8.75 per thousand gallons over 20,000 gallons. These tiers do not apply to sewer rates.

This type of rate structure serves two primary purposes. First, the rate structure recognizes the cost of building extra capacity in the pipes, pumping, and storage facilities around the city to meet increasing average and peak day demands. Second, the structure encourages responsible water usage. Decreased water usage allows the City to delay future cost increases associated with increases to system capacity, thereby keeping capital costs down.

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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?