Public hearing to be held Wednesday on water rates

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A public hearing will be held Wednesday to talk about an increase in water rates.

The increase will affect people who get water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department .

Water rates will rise 7.9 percent on average, but some communities will pay considerably more.

Grosse Pointe Shores and Van Buren Township, for example, will see rates rise nearly 30 percent.

The cost per thousand gallons of water is decreasing, but fixed costs for infrastructure and operations are driving up the overall rates for 4 million customers.

The new rates will take effect for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins in July.

Customers can weigh in on the new rates at a public hearing Wednesday.

It begins at 11:00 a.m. in the 5th Floor Board Room of the Water Board Building, located at 735 Randolph in Downtown Detroit.

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