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Yes. Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Fridley on May, 2019. Since then outbreaks have been found throughout the city.
If your tree service does not remove the ash material, you can dispose of the tree at a yard waste site such as the Bunker Hills Compost Site. Ash tree wood can be used as firewood in your backyard, provided that you comply with Fridley's fire safety regulations. Leaves cannot be burned in a backyard firepit. Ash tree wood cannot be transported outside of the EAB quarantine zone.
As part of our contract to treat public ash trees, Rainbow Treecare is offering Fridley residents discounted pricing on the treatment of private ash trees in the City. The City also offers discounted replacement trees through our annual tree sale. The City does not offer any cost share options on tree removal.
Yes, untreated infested trees have to be removed or treated or they will become a safety hazard. If you see a tree that appears infested or hazardous, let us know by reporting a tree concern or calling 763-572-3566. Under City Code Chapter 104. the city forester will prescribe whether the tree can be treated or should be removed. If the tree is not removed within the timeline established by the letter, the tree will be abated and costs assessed to the property owner.
A shed requires a permit if it is over 200 square feet in size. Sheds must be placed at least three feet from your side or back property line and off any easements across your property. Sheds also must be anchored and the maximum height of a shed is 14 feet to the mean distance between eaves and ridge of a gable, hip or gambrel roof. Make sure your new shed plus any existing garage space does not exceed 1,400 square feet.
You can apply for a Driveway Permit online.
Small patios and sidewalks typically do not require permits, however the amount of hard cover/imprevious surfaces allowed on your lot may be limited in shoreland areas and other special zoning districts. If you have questions about hard cover requirements, please contact PlanningDivision@FridleyMN.gov.
Structural slabs do require a permit.
Agendas, minutes and videos of all council meetings can be found on our website.
Spectrum is also offering 60 days of free internet service to new clients with all service fees waived. Call Spectrum at 844-488-8395.
Xfinity Free Hotspots: Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. Learn more about Xfinity’s free public hotspots >
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If your work hours have been reduced or eliminated, apply for unemployment insurance from the State of Minnesota. The usual waiting period has been waived. If you are sick, quarantined, or home because of an outbreak at your work, you qualify for unemployment. If you stay home due to lack of child care, you may qualify for unemployment.
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The City of Fridley has put together a list of local restaurants and their availability during the the COVID-19 pandemic. If there are changes or additions that need to be made to this list, please email email@example.com.
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Metro Mobility is offering free transportation for essential health workers. Learn more.
Stormwater than runs off of impervious surfaces is transported via the stormsewer system into stormwater ponds and wetlands. This prevents flooding and protects the water quality of downstream waterbodies like Rice Creek and the Mississippi River by filtering out the sediment and other debris that washes into the stormsewer. Stormwater ponds are artificially excavated into dry areas or into naturally-occurring wetlands that form in low spots.
Stormwater ponds are designed to accumulate sediment in order to protect natural, downstream waterbodies. This sediment is washed from roadways into the ponds via the stormsewer system. If the sediment didn’t filter out in these stormwater ponds, it would be carried into Rice Creek and the Mississippi River and negatively impact the water quality and ecological function of these waterways. Naturally occurring leaf fall and vegetative cycles can also contribute to material accumulation within the stormwater ponds; however, this can be exacerbated by the illegal dumping of yard waste. As the yard waste decomposes, it contributes organic material and nutrients which increase the amount of algae leading to decreased oxygen and odor.
Stormwater ponds must be periodically dredged in order to function. A lack of access easements and a maintenance plan has prevented the City from performing the required maintenance on the stormwater ponds in the Farr Lake area.
The City reduces sedimentation through its bi-annual street sweeping program. As part of the Farr Lake Study, the City is also investigating the installation of hydrodynamic separators at strategic catch basins. These hydrodynamic separators are flow-through systems that are installed within the stormsewer piping to remove sediment before it’s discharged into the ponds. Periodically, a vacuum truck would be used to suck out the sediment.
Residents can prevent sedimentation by:
1) Cleaning catchbasins to prevent leaves and sediment from washing into the stormsewer system (visit Adopt-A-Drain.org to learn more).
2) Properly managing their yard waste by either contracting for yard waste service or bringing it to the Anoka County Composting Facility.
3) Planting their yard, and especially shorelines, with native plants whose long roots can help filter out sediment
It is not recommended that stormwater ponds be used for recreation due to their poor water quality and varying water levels. During the winter, flowing water entering the stormwater pond through the stormsewer system can create unstable ice conditions.
Wetlands provide a number of ecological functions including wildlife habitat, water quality improvement, flood storage, carbon sinks, and more. The Wetland Conservation Act prevents filling of wetlands or excavation beyond the natural depth in order to protect these functions.
The City’s role is to prevent flooding damage and manage the stormwater system to mitigate water quality degradation; however, this City needs access easements from the residents to reach the ponds to complete this work. Please indicate on this survey if you are willing to provide access to the ponds from your property.
Additional above-and-beyond work may require cost-share from residents. This could include vegetative management of the wetland for a wider diversity of plants, beautification of the stormwater ponds, etc. Please indicate on the survey what work you are interested in seeing and if you would be willing to cost-share with the City to achieve those goals.
Yes! See the above “What to Expect” section about the compensation and benefits. From your time in initial training, to call responses, and into retirement, the job comes with excellent pay and pension.
Today those terms are often used interchangeably but vary by department. Fridley uses the term paid-on-call because members are compensated an hourly wage for their time responding to emergencies, in training, and participating in community events. Some departments do still employ volunteer firefighters with no compensation, especially in rural areas.
Absolutely! Nearly all of our members work in a full-time job or several other part-time jobs while still serving as a paid-on-call firefighter. In fact, that is what makes the family so special is that we come from a myriad of backgrounds and bring diverse skills and knowledge to the betterment of Fridley.
Minimum requirements will consist of approximately 8 hours per week, however some members work considerably more. The advantage at Fridley is that most of your requirements are scheduled either as the weekly drill or through shift bids which you are able to choose. Callbacks are still an expectation but considerably lower than similar size departments. All of members have commitments outside of this work including full-time jobs, families, religious organizations, recreation activities, youth sports, etc. and a balance can be achieved to fit into your lifestyle.
No, these are not requirement for hire beyond a high school diploma. Those with NREMT, IFSAC or ProBoard certifications, or previous firefighting experience may be given preference but are by far the minority of our candidates. We will provide all of the training and education required at no cost to you.
Not currently. Fridley consists of a combination model fire division with minimal opportunities for full-time employment. However, several of our members use the model for considerable working hours and experience at a busy department. Many of our firefighters are full-time/career at other metro fire departments, a job you can typically do while still being involved here at Fridley. Full-time opportunities are on the rise amongst metro fire departments. Most of which are looking for experience as a paid-on-call firefighter and advanced training in areas such as inspections, public education, instruction, leadership, or hazardous materials – all of which can be pursued and is encouraged while working as Fridley paid-on-call firefighter.
If you are a Fridley resident or interest applicant, we encourage you to participate in our ride-along program to learn more. This offers great firsthand experience working with our firefighters and potentially seeing a variety of call types. Contact our offices for the ride-along application form.
Each candidate is evaluated independently for a comprehensive background check. Typically, felony convictions especially those of domestic, sexual, or drug nature will be disqualifications for hire. Certain gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors will also be grounds for dismissal from the hiring process. Moving violations involving substance abuse, intention, or neglect, especially those in recent past may also be reasons for disqualifications.
Signing up for an account online will automatically start earning you Rewards points. If you already have a Rewards Card, please update your contact info with us, especially your email address. This will ensure that your online account syncs with your in-store Rewards Card. If you would like you can update your information online.
Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to process cash transactions for Curbside Pick-Up.
You absolutely can request items that you have seen elsewhere or can’t find anywhere. Fill out the online form being as specific as you can, and we will get back to you with information about the product you are looking for.
Currently, we do not offer delivery.
Yes you can pick up your curbside order inside the store. Which ever is more convenient for you.
NOTE: If you are calling from outside Anoka County, the Anoka County Dispatcher can be reached by dialing 763-427-1212
Dover Kennels, 763-434-7332, 16422 Hanson Blvd, Andover, MN 55304. If you lost a pet without tags, check with Dover Kennels to see if it is in their care. Owners are responsible for any fees or costs incurred while at Dover Kennels.
Ages 15 and under: It is unlawful for a juvenile under the age of 16 to be present in any public place or establishment within the City of Fridley:•any time between 10:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.•any time between 11:00 p.m. on any Friday or Saturday and 5:00 a.m. on the following day.
Ages 16 and 17: It is unlawful for a juvenile age 16 or 17 to be present in any public place or establishment within the City of Fridley:•any time between 11:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and 5:00 a.m. the following day. •any time between 12:01 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on any Saturday or Sunday. City Ordinance, Chapter 801
The Fridley Police Department allows walk-in fingerprinting services for employment every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. If you need fingerprinting services outside of this time, please contact our administrative office at (763) 572-3629 to make an appointment.
Child Safety Seat / Car Seat Inspections are conducted at the Fridley Police Department on an appointment only basis and are free for Fridley residents. To schedule an appointment, please email SafeKids@fridleymn.gov.
We also work with Safe Kids Anoka County to provide free car seat inspections at clinics held throughout the year. Please visit their website to see when the next clinic is in your area.
During extremely dry periods of the year, the City of Fridley may institute a watering ban. If a watering ban were in effect, more detailed information would be available. If you have questions at this time or need additional information on water bans in the City of Fridley, please contact Public Works at (763) 572-3566.
If your water is coming out rusty, try running your water for a few minutes and it should clear up. If your hot water is running rusty, try flushing out your hot water heater. If the problem persists, report it to Public Works at (763) 572-3566.
Absolutely! Report your water meter reading.
Search for your address online in Property Information Search. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at (763) 572-3594.
Yes! A free swap to a 96 gallon recycling cart or additional 60 or 96 carts are available to Fridley residents at no charge! Call 763-572-3594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Items should be placed loose in the recycling cart, not bagged. If you have extra cardboard, it can be flattened and tied with twine and placed next to the recycling cart. Do not place out extra cardboard when it is raining or snowing. If you would like to upsize your recycle cart from 65-gallons to 96-gallons or request an additional cart, please call 763-572-3594 or email email@example.com
The City of Fridley hosts drop-off days annually, you can find information on these events at FridleyMN.gov/Recycling. You can also search the recycling directory at AnokaCounty.Us/RecyclingDirectory for a full list of providers and options.
"Our Building Recycles" posters, magnets and totes all may be available for your building, contact City recycling for more information at 763-572-3594.
The average American household receives more than 60 pounds of unwanted mail each year! According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, it takes about 100 million trees and 38 billion gallons of water to produce one year's worth of junk mail in the US. Our Ways to Reduce Junk Mail page will save you time and help protect those natural resources.
Water/Sewer is handled through City Hall. Please call (763) 572-3529 with questions. Natural gas is handled through CenterPoint Energy, and electricity is handled through Xcel Energy.
We have a complete list of licensed waste haulers available online. Residential customers should look for a company with a Class I designation. All residential curbside recycling in Fridley is handled through Republic Services: (952) 941-5174.
Recyclables should be placed loose in the recycle cart, never in plastic bags.
There's also a park and ride lot at the Church of Saint William: 6120 5th St NE. This location serves bus routes along University Avenue including routes 10, 824 and 854.
For more information on fares, routes and where to purchase Go-To cards, please visit MetroTransit.org. Click to Visit the Metro Transit Website
No. The Morris Leatherman Company does not ask for names of residents who are being interviewed, therefore they do not share the names of those interviewed with the City. The Morris Leatherman Company does not share with the City which phone numbers were contacted for the Resident Survey. The City of Fridley complies with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
All households have an equal chance of being selected and the adult respondent in each household is also chosen randomly. The households that are randomly sampled for the survey will be demographically representative of the community across various demographics such as age, rent vs owning a home, household income, gender, race, and city ward.
Telephone numbers are tried at least six times during a one-week period and an additional six time the second week before another household is substituted for the original selection. Results are based upon a pre-set number of completed interviews, which for the City of Fridley is 400 completed household interviews.
No. The resident survey is administered over the telephone by trained and supervised interviewers. The Morris Leatherman Company uses real people, not robocalls, and the interviewers identify themselves as being with The Morris Leatherman Company and retained by the City of Fridley to complete the random sampled resident survey. The interviewers do not ask for personal information, just demographic information. Demographic questions are not required to be answered by residents that are being interviewed.
The SafeCam program was launched in the Spring of 2022 by the Fridley Public Safety Department. It is a 100 percent voluntary, opt-in initiative that allows residents and businesses to register the location of their private video surveillance systems with the department. This allows officers to contact them should a crime occur in or near where the camera is installed. Opting in to the SafeCam program does not give Fridley Public Safety access to video footage until granted by the home or business owner. Interested property owners can register here.
When a crime occurs, video footage is one of the most valuable tools available to investigators and officers. Knowing the location of video surveillance systems allows officers to quickly reach out to those owners and ask for their footage, instead of trying to track down where video footage exists, if at all.
Yes. Fridley is one of several cities in Minnesota and the country that have similar programs, called SafeCam or otherwise.
Any kind of video surveillance cameras are important. Some common types include video doorbells, wireless video camera systems and home security systems. Registering for the SafeCam program only records the addresses and basic characteristics of the cameras, not the brand or serial number of the cameras.
No. Registering for the SafeCam program only adds an address to the Public Safety Department's database and map of camera locations throughout Fridley. If a crime occurs in the area video footage is needed, the Public Safety Department will reach out directly to the owner to request the footage.
Yes. Once registered for the SafeCam program, you may opt out of the program at any time by calling the Public Safety Department at 763-572-3629.
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.
Residential customers are billed for sewer based on the amount of water used in the winter months. In this way, you do not pay sewer charges on water you use outdoors for washing the car or watering the grass. Every residential customer will pay a sanitary sewer base fee of $50 which includes up to 8,000 gallons of water usage. Any usage over the 8,000 gallons will be charged at a fee of $5.70/1,000 gallons. Commercial customers are billed based on their water usage year-round.
For both water and sewer, most of the costs are fixed. That means that the city has to pay the same amount for pipes, lift stations, and billing regardless of the amount of water you use each quarter. In fact, 80% of our fixed cost comes from Metropolitan Council Environmental Services whom we pay in order for their plant to treat our wastewater. Therefore, our City has a fixed, or minimum, fee to reflect its fixed costs.
All communities in the Twin Cities enjoy relatively low sewer rates compared to other communities across the state and the country. Fridley’s rates are comparable to other Twin Cities communities.
THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED: •Dogs and other pets•Picking or collecting of any plants, wildflowers, or animals•Feeding of wildlife, especially bread to ducks and geese•Alcoholic beverages
Our priority routes (redlines) are cleared first after any snowfall. Redlines are routes identified by Public Safety and Public Works to ensure emergency vehicles can get within one or two blocks of every home in the city. During a routine snow event it takes approximately 2-4 hours to clear these routes.
After the redlines are cleared, our local routes are plowed with rotating starting points. Fridley is split into 12 districts, and each district has four different starting points. Each time there is a snowfall, the plows begin at a different starting point within each district. If your area was last to be plowed in the previous event, it will not be last the next citywide plowing. Plowing the districts takes approximately 6-8 hours during routine snow events.
We plow virtually all City trails and walks, and many County trail segments so that you can walk in the winter. Trails and walks are plowed in conjunction with streets, with two routes covering the City. For heavier snow events, trail and walk plowing may be delayed a day or two behind street plowing. A priority is placed on plowing near schools, and additional plowing is often required continuing days after snow events as County and State plowing may recover trails. When walks and trails are completed, the City assists the Metropolitan Council and MnDOT by removing snow from bus stops on state, county, and local roads.
By City policy, plows will go out after two or more inches of snow accumulation, following the end of a snowfall. This can change depending on the type of snow and rate it is falling. For example, if we have a snowfall of less than two inches but the snow will freeze overnight and create a great amount of de-icing after the fact, we will most likely go out and plow.
Typically, plows will begin clearing the redlines around 3:30-4:30 a.m. following a snowfall. If there is continuous snow that accumulated, they may begin the night before and plow again in the early morning. Our goal with normal snowfalls is to clear main roadways (redlines) in time for the morning commute. Of course, timing, amount, and type of snowfall, as well as preceding and future conditions all factor into scheduling and type of response for plowing and de-icing.
Our Public Works staff will also be using an anti-ice trailer for the first time this year. This trailer will allow staff to spray a diluted brine mixture on the road before a snowfall to prevent ice from forming, which reduces the amount of road salt needed after the snowfall event.
If your mailbox is hit by a plow, please call our Public Works main line at 763-572-3566. If it was damaged or knocked over by the plow blade, we will replace it or reimburse you. We encourage you to inspect your street side mailbox and post before the snow season to make sure it will hold up to thrown snow and avoid disruption in your mail delivery.
The angle of our snowplow blades is fixed to the right to plow snow from the centerline of the street to the curb. When there is an opening, such as a driveway, some of the snow is released into that area. It is the resident’s responsibility to remove the snow in the end of the driveway. The snow should not be pushed across or into the street or neighboring yard. You can be a good neighbor by finding a place to locate snow within your property. We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining clear, safe streets in our community!
If you have an unusual amount of snow or large portions of ice pushed into your driveway, please call Public Works at 763-572-3566.
Trash and recycling bins should be placed in the area within the end of your driveway. We ask that you refrain from putting your bins in the street or sidewalk route. When you place them in the street or within the sidewalk, it slows the plows down and creates a hazard they must navigate around. Plows can be much safer and more efficient when the bins go in the end of your driveway. If a walk or trail is adjacent to the curb, please place your bin just behind the curb at your driveway.
Due to the size of our plows and their equipment, it is very difficult to navigate around obstacles in the roadway. Vehicles left in the street prevent our plows from removing snow to the curb line which results in large snow piles deposited in the road. These piles can quickly freeze, creating a hazard and inconvenience for other vehicles. This also limits snow storage for future storms, which can compromise roadway safety during exceptionally snowy winters.
The City ordinance prohibits vehicles from parking on City streets during snow removal operations. Vehicles left on the street may be ticketed and towed, which can cost you $45 for the ticket and over $200 for each calendar day the vehicle is in the tow lot. If certain vehicles are repeatedly ticketed, fees may increase.
Road salt, or chlorides, are a known pollutant that can permanently impact our waterbodies, leading to decreased freshwater fish populations and salty-tasting drinking water. The City is committed to decreasing the amount of chlorides applied to our roads, while still maintain safe driving conditions.
Last year, the City received a grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to purchase brine application systems for some of our plow trucks. The brine application systems allow the City to use “pre-wetted” salt, which works faster than dry salt and doesn’t bounce outside of the application zone, allowing the City to use less salt more effectively. Over the next few years, the rest of our fleet will add this equipment and transition to the brine system as vehicles are scheduled for replacement.
The City also installed electronic application systems which will allows the drivers to better control how much salt is applied. It is expected that these improvements will allow the City to reduce salt use by at least 30 percent. Our snow plow drivers are Level 1 Smart-Salting certified by the MPCA and our department is Level 2 Smart-Salting certified.
You, too, can make a difference in reducing chlorides in our water bodies by doing your part to minimize salt usage or using salt substitutes. Tips are available by visiting FridleyMN.gov/Stormwater.
Yes! The tipster’s IP address and other identifying information are never retained by the third-party vendor that manages the program. Each tip is assigned a unique identification number, but the tipster’s identity is not collected. Identifying information is not available to law enforcement via subpoena or search warrant, because it is never collected.
Tip411 is for everyone - whether they live, work, attend school or worship in Fridley. You can also use it if you are just curious about the happenings around town.
Anonymous, two-way communication with Fridley PD can only happen via the tip411 app or text. The response will depend upon the nature of the tip, but we generally reply to the anonymous tipster within a few minutes. We may have follow-up questions, or we may provide you with information about the steps we’ll take to remedy the complaint or tip.
Fridley PD manages the tips and passes information along to ISD 14 as needed.
No. You should always call or text 911 if there is anything that requires immediate response from police, fire, or ambulance.
The City offers many options for paying your bill. You can use the link to pay your bill online, you can pay it in person at City Hall, mail it or sign up for auto pay.
Auto Pay will automatically withdraw funds from your designated checking account on the due date.
The City bills quarterly, so you will receive a bill every three months.
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Fill out the move in/out form online or call the utility billing department at (763)572-3529 a few days before the closing.
To calculate your usage for water and sewer, we measure the flow of water to your home through the water meter. During the winter months we bill the usage for both water and sewer according to your meter reading. 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.
If your water consumption is high or you feel that you are using a large amount of water, check for leaks. 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.
There is more than one thing to compare on the bill not just the dollar amount. Each household is different in the amount of water they use and what months they use more. What you pay for sewer usage for example can be very different than you neighbor if they leave for time in the winter when we are setting sewer rates. If you still think you are high, check for a leak. (See FAQ "How can I tell if I have a leak?")
The City recycling contract has a low quarterly rate because all participate equally. And since recycling, when used to full advantage, is tax free, compared to a State tax on garbage, when you recycle, you put more back into your monthly budget. In addition, so many more types of boxes (cereal) and containers (yogurt) are now recyclable, it makes $ense to put these items in a recycling cart instead of a garbage cart, because you can often downsize your garbage cart!
The City of Fridley does not offer a discount for low income, however, Anoka County may be able to assist you with resources and programs to help with other expenses to assist you with budgeting for your water bill. Give Anoka County a call at (763) 521-4760 to learn more.
We do not have a payment plan, however, you can pay any amount you would like on your bill at any time to pay it down. We charge penalties based on a percentage of the unpaid balance so it is to your benefit to pay the bill down as much as you can. You are also welcome to pay the bill ahead each month.
Water/sewer bills are billed in the owner's name and address. You can have an additional copy of the bill sent to the Occupant, at the owner's request. Because the property is still owned, there is no final bill for rentals. Owners will have to determine what portion the renter pays based on the agreed terms with your renter.
Your quarterly water bill pays for the city’s cost of pumping, treating, and delivering clean water to your home or business. It pays for repair and replacement of wells, water treatment plants, and pipes. Nobody actually pays for the groundwater. The water system is paid for entirely with water fees – it receives no taxpayer support.
The City has had tiered water rates since 2008 when the state legislature began requiring cities to adopt conservation rate structures. Click here to see the new 2020 tiers.
The new tiers comply with the state law that requires water utilities to adopt rates that promote water conservation. In addition, the tiered rates allocate infrastructure costs more fairly across users. The City has to build enough wells and water towers to meet summer demand. Replacement of water pipes occurs during this time. Some of this capacity is unused during the winter months, so it makes sense to charge peak users more for the infrastructure built to meet peak summer demand. The higher rates are targeted toward lawn sprinkling and outdoor use which allows the City to keep indoor water use affordable to everyone.
Although Minnesota appears to have a more than adequate supply of water, that appearance can be misleading. Most cities, including Fridley, obtain their water from aquifers deep in the ground. On average, each resident uses close to 65 gallons per day in their home, and less than 10% of that gets restored to the aquifer. Most city water gets discharged through the wastewater system into rivers and streams, or is lost to evaporation or retained in the topsoil. In cities, the problem of recharging their aquifers is exacerbated by paved surfaces and diminished wetlands. By conserving water now, we can ensure that high quality groundwater will be a sustainable resource long into in the future.