- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A regional water board says proposed rate changes could mean higher bills for most communities in its system.

The Detroit News reports (http://detne.ws/218tg4v ) that the Great Lakes Water Authority said Wednesday that 75 of 80 communities that had previous figures for comparison would see rate hikes next year between .3 percent and 20 percent per 1,000 cubic feet.

The average rate increase for wholesale water customers would be 4.5 percent.

The regional authority says the higher rates are needed to make up for less water usage.

Royal Oak Township in Oakland County could see a 20-percent increase, followed by Macomb County’s New Haven at just over 14 percent.

Novi in western Oakland County could see rate drop of nearly 24 percent.

Average sewerage rates would increase by 5.2 percent.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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