Sump Pump Program
Documents & Descriptions
The City of West Fargo would like to remind residents who plan to discharge their sump pump water indoors into the sanitary sewer system this winter that they must obtain a seasonal variance. If residents obtain the $50 variance, they are able to discharge their sump pump water indoors into the sewer system between Nov. 1 and April 1.
Residents can take out a variance at any time during the winter months for a one-time fee of $50, should they need it. The fee is not pro-rated based on when it is applied for and must be purchased annually. Those who do not purchase a variance must continue to discharge their sump pump outside, but must not discharge onto sidewalks or streets as to avoid causing safety hazards such as ice dams.
After April 1 each year, all sump pumps must discharge outside.
Residents can choose to pay online or have the fee added to their monthly utility bill. To purchase a variance, fill out the Sump Pump Variance Form.
All sump pumps in West Fargo must have switched their sump pump to discharge outside beginning April 1. This regulation includes properties with sump pump variances for winter months.
Discharging your sump pump outdoors helps to ensure the sanitary sewer system does not get overwhelmed during storms with heavy rains. This can lead to sewage backup in properties.
Sump Pump Hose Placement
It is very important that the sump pump water, diverted outside, drains away from the building to prevent any re-circulation. The city recommends coordinating with neighbors to ensure sump pump water isn’t causing problems for anyone. Most problems can be resolved by simply moving hoses and diverting water to a different area.
Additionally, sump pump drainage hoses cannot cross sidewalks or be placed in a way that allows the water to pool on sidewalks. Hoses should also not discharge into the street in the winter months. Both of these scenarios are safety hazards and considered illegal in the City of West Fargo.
Trenching your sump pump hose into the ground, under the sidewalk and to the curb, is a popular way to hide the sump pump hose and discharge water to the street and is allowed by the City of West Fargo from April 1 to Nov. 1. To begin this project, contact the City of West Fargo public works department for an excavation permit. No fee is required for the permit, but any damage done to the sidewalk or curb during the project must be repaired by the homeowner and inspected by the public works department to ensure it meets city specifications.