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In 2017, Fridley underwent an in-depth utility rate study with the intention to stabilize rate increases from year to year and to ensure equitability among customer classifications. The expertise of Ehlers and their teams of analysts took an in-depth look at Fridley's consumption trends, usage by customer types, future infrastructure needs and the current rate structure. Based on the findings and recommendations of the utility study, 2018 rates, consumption tiers and customer classifications are changing to better align with consumption trends.
You can view the study findings from Ehlers in the below document.
Some meters are read manually by the homeowner every quarter; other newer meters are read remotely through a device installed on your meter. The City is currently working to change out all of the old meters to new radio read meters. To read you meter/submit a reading, read the digits on the meter from left to right. Please include the stationary zero on the extreme right end (if there is more than one stationary zero, please note). You can find a diagram of your water meter on our main utility page.
The City bills quarterly, so you will receive a bill every three months. Click below for the current rate sheet.
In the summer months, in recognition of the extra water usage outside that doesn’t flow through the sewer, we use your winter average water usage to calculate your sewer maximum. This maximum is applied to your account so that when you reach your sewer maximum, you are not charged for usage beyond that amount for the sewer portion of your billing.
To use your water meter to detect leaks, turn off all water fixtures and appliances and make sure that no one is using water. Record the meter reading and return in two to three hours to check for movement. If the meter reading has changed, you may have a leak. Another method is that many meters have a small red gear shaped indicator on the meter face designed to detect even small leaks. If this red indicator is moving when you have all water off inside and outside your house, you may have a leak.
One significant source of leaks is a leaky toilet. Leaking toilets cause more water waste than any other fixture in the home. Toilets can waste large amounts of water without being noticed. A silent toilet leak will waste 30 to 500 gallons per day. To check for a leak in the toilet, put several drops of food coloring into your toilet tank or colored cleaning solution or the blue cleaning tablets work great. Do not flush for 30 minutes. If colored water appears in your bowl during that time, you have a leak that should be repaired.
Additional tips are available through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at the link below. Additional Help to Finding Water Leaks