Utility Rates
Welcome to Mankato

Rick Buckmister

Welcome to Mankato

Utility Rates

Utility rate study information. See utility rate information.

The city of Mankato has analyzed operations and capital assets to ensure we’re positioned responsibly for the future, transitioned to a uniform rate structure and in compliance with State statutes:

  • Effective July 1, 2014, multi-residential units will be treated as single family homes. The uniform rate structure is designed so all units share in service connection benefit.
  • Also effective July 1, 2014, the unit rate will be the same for any amount of water used each month, to promote conservation (instead of discount incentives).

Mankato’s utilities include refuse and recycling, water and wastewater. Street light utility effective February 1, 2013. Learn more. For more information contact 311 or 507-387-8600. Report street light outages. See Mankato's street light standards designed to promote pedestrian and vehicle safety that is fair and affordable to the city and its residents.

Other than a basic cost of service fee, water and wastewater fees are billed according to actual household use. A real value added to Mankato’s water includes softening which provides benefits such as iron removal and corrosion stabilization and even cost savings in replacement of showers, faucets and the use of fewer products. A preferred outcome is that softened water feels noticeably smoother.

Mankato's lawn watering conservation program:
Conserving water is the most cost effective way to avoid future problems.  Mankato's lawn watering conservation program deliberately encourages reduction of water usage to ensure stable water delivery and minimize peak demand times.  The lawn watering conservation program applies to everyone watering lawns using city of Mankato water.  Since water is a valuable resource, it’s important to conserve water and reduce water usage. Doing so helps efficiently use the area’s groundwater resources and ensures an adequate water supply for residents, businesses and other organizations. Learn more.

See important and useful information when paying utility bills. See administrative penalties for city code violations.

Water rates:
Cost of service per residential unit $4.51/month
Per unit of water used $3.36
Note: 1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 750 gallons  
Wastewater rates:
Cost of service $8.05/month
Per unit


Storm water utility:
Cost of service $3.25/month
Commercial units, for each 1,000 square feet over 10,000 square feet


Refuse and recycling:
64-gallon Waste Management cart $14.65/month
35-gallon Waste Management cart $13.30/month
*Unlimited commingled recycling is included in the above rate.  
Tags for additional garbage bags (purchase at local grocery stores) $2/bag
Recycle bins, available at the Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza $2/each 
Yard waste curbside pickup (purchase bag at local grocery stores) $2/bag 
Fire Line Connection:
4 inches or less  $8.74/month
6 inches  $26.04/month
8 inches  $55.52/month 
10 inches  $99.28/month
12 inches $158.78/month
16 inches $341.06/month
Annual inspection fee $37.95
Construction Rate:
Water line opening of 3/4 inch or less $46.98/day
Water line opening of 1 inch $71.97/day
Water line opening of 1 1/2 inches $205.60/day
Water line opening of 2 to 2 1/2 inches $345.05/day