Grand Rapids plans to increase water and sewer rates


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The city has released a preliminary study recommending increases to water and sewer rates, beginning in January.

Following a study presented at the Grand Rapids City Commission’s Nov. 14 meeting, the city is offering a 20-day public comment period on a proposed water-rate increase of 2.49 percent and a sewer-rate increase of 3.08 percent.

The public comment period will end Dec. 4. The commission expects to approve the rates on Dec. 12.

If approved, the new rates would take effect on Jan. 1.

The typical Grand Rapids customer would pay $7.48, or 4.01 percent more, for water and sewer services quarterly.

Rate increases in the 2017 rate study are driven by investment in infrastructure improvements. The water and sewer systems are adopting upgrades, including advanced meter-reading techniques.

The annual rate study is posted online and filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

The 12-page study details the anticipated total annual costs for wholesale, retail, domestic and commercial users for 2018.

Those wishing to comment on the report and proposed rate changes during the review period may do so by sending letters to the City Clerk’s Office — at 300 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 — or by emailing info at grcity dot us.

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