Board Votes To Raise Detroit Water Rates Effective July 1

June 20, 2019 - 7:56 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Residents in the city of Detroit are about to pay more for water. 

The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners on Wednesday voted to increase water rates by two percent, effective July 1. The board says residential and business customers will notice the increase in their August bill.

A number of residents turned out for a public hearing at Unity Baptist Church to express their feelings about the rate hike.

"I say no water rate increase. You're going to have to find the money somewhere else. Go to Trump if you need to find that money," one man said, followed by cheers. 

Many residents also expressed concerns over the number of water shutoffs still happening across the city. Those numbers are a fraction of households cut off last year, going from 17,000 in 2018 down to 5,600 this year.