Grand Rapids considers water, sewer rate increases

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids officials are talking about raising water and sewer rates in 2017.

Water rates would increase over four percent from this year and sewer rates would go up .26 percent, which is the result of the city’s annual study on rates.

The combined increases would cost the average customer $2.88 per quarter.

The city supplies water to residents of Grand Rapids as well as several suburbs. Residents can find out where their community falls in that average online.

Water rates increased just one percent, while sewer rates decreased by .19 percent at the beginning of 2016.

City officials say improvements to the current systems are the reason for the 2017 increases.

The 20 day public comment period started Tuesday for residents to add their two cents to the conversation. Residents can send comments to info@grcity.us or to the City Clerk’s Office, located at 300 Monroe NW.