GR seeks comments on water, sewer rates

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — You may pay a little bit more next year if that glass of water or toilet flush is provided by the City of Grand Rapids.

The annual study of the cost of delivering water and sewer services to Grand Rapids and 11 customer communities shows the average customer will pay an additional $8 a year.

“The 2015 rate study report recommends modest rate increases of 1 percent to water rates and 0.55 percent to sewer service rates,” according to a news release from the city.

The study, which began 39 years ago, uses a three-year average to calculate annual rates.

“This average minimizes and levels year-over-year usage variability and achieves reasonably stable rate changes,” according to the release.

Most customers in the city of Grand Rapids will pay $2.85 more for water and sewer services quarterly.

Rates for customer communities, including the cities of Walker and Kentwood as well as Cascade, Grand Rapids and Tallmadge townships, will vary.

You have until Dec. 8 to let the city know how you feel about the rates.

You can send your comments to the city clerk’s office at 300 Monroe North West or by email at



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