Public Hearing on System-Wide Water Rate Increase Set for March 2

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Detroit, MI – The Great Lakes Water Authority will be hosting a public meeting to discuss a 4.3% rate increase to the municipalities that buy water wholesale from the system.

The Great Lakes Regional Water Authority was created last year as part of the Detroit bankruptcy, in an effort to give suburban customers more control over the system. It is governed by a six member board with one person from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne NewWay_Jazz_TuesdaysCounties, one person from the state and two from the City of Detroit. Their official start was Jan. 1, and this is the first rate increase they have proposed. The rate would be for the 2017 fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2016.

GLWA CEO Sue McCormick told the Detroit News that the rates were “very preliminary,” and  “That’s what we’re looking at this point. We’ve not yet proposed rates to the board and the board hasn’t taken any action.”

Water rates increased for the suburbs by an average of 11.3% last year before the GLWA was finalized.

The hearing takes place March 2 at the Detroit Water and Sewage office, 735 Randolph, 5th floor at noon. To view the meeting notice click here.

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