Water rates around metro Detroit could be on the rise

Proposed average increase for Detroit suburbs is 3.9 percent; Northville 22.7 percent

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

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:

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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