What do my sanitary sewer rates pay for?

Your quarterly water bill pays for the City’s cost of transporting and treating wastewater from your home or business. The wastewater is moved through a series of pipes and lift stations on its way to the Metropolitan Council’s wastewater treatment facility. The Metropolitan Council charges the city based on the volume of wastewater it treats on our behalf. The sewer system is paid for entirely with utility fees – it receives no taxpayer support.

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1. What do my sanitary sewer rates pay for?
2. Is my sewer bill based on how much water I use?
3. Why is there a minimum sewer charge?
4. How do my sewer rates compare to other communities?