What is a fixed charge?

The bases of each fixed charge is the size of the meter. This is an industry best practice for determining the cost of providing service. The fixed charges are intended to cover the fixed costs for providing service, such as budgeted administration, meters and billing. This is often the “overhead” of your utility.

Meter Size
Monthly Fixed Charge

5/8" & 3/4" (standard residential size)














Last updated Feb. 10, 2023.

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1. What do the rates actually pay for?
2. Why did the rate change?
3. What is a fixed charge?
4. What is the usage charge based on?
5. Why does the City charge a higher usage charge for water usage over 20,000 gallons?
6. Are businesses and apartments subject to the same increases?
7. Will bills go up for those who use the same amount of water?
8. How does the City of West Fargo's water and sewer rates help make watering the lawn affordable?
9. If rates are increasing in February, why might they increase again in 2023?
10. What do West Fargo residents pay in comparison to Fargo residents?
11. How will I be billed if I use the City of West Fargo's sewer system but not the water system?
12. Why does the City of West Fargo use water usage to calculate sewer charges?