Grand Rapids Water Rates May Decrease for Residents

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Drinking_waterGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Water rates may decrease, and sewer rates may slightly increase in the city of Grand Rapids in 2014.

The findings come from the city’s 36th annual water and sewer rate study.

The study shows that water rates could drop by 4.03%. The sewer rate would increase 2.25%. That means residents could see a combined savings of 1.78% next year.

Tuesday, Grand Rapids city commissioners voted unanimously to push the measure forward.

Next, a public hearing will be scheduled so residents can weigh in. The changes would take effect January 1st, if approved.

Residents in several Kent County cities and township fall into the same boat. Although percentages vary, water rates are expected to decrease, and sewer rates are expected to increase in each municipality.

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