Water rates around metro Detroit could be on the rise

Published On: Feb 28 2013 12:25:53 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 12:30:24 PM EST

Residents in and around metro Detroit may have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay their monthly water bills.

Sue McCormick, the director of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, is proposing water rate increases of nearly 4 percent.

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Rodney Johnson of Detroit Water and Sewage tells Local 4 the average increase for the suburbs is 3.9% for water and 3.7 percent for sewage.

Detroit residents would see rates rise 4.4 percent for water and 3.8 percent for sewage.

The highest increases for water rates would be:

  • Canton Township 9 percent
  • Eastpointe 12.5 percent
  • Fraser 6.4 percent
  • Grosse Pointe Park 5.8 percent
  • Northville 22.7 percent
  • Plymouth Township 16.2 percent
  • Roseville 9.4 percent
  • Taylor 6.5 percent
  • Troy 10.5 percent
  • Utica 12.9 percent
  • Walled Lake 8.6 percent
  • Washington Township 11.1 percent
  • Wixom 10 percent

The Water Board of Commissioners would have to approve the proposal and then it would have to be passed by the Detroit City Council. If approved, the rate increases would go into effect July 1.

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