- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The cost of water and sewage services for Detroit residents is going up.

The City Council has approved a 7.5 percent rate hike that is expected to help fill a $27 million hole in the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department budget.

It passed 5-4 Tuesday. The council rejected the measure last month.

Monthly water and sewer services currently cost city residents about $71. That will increase by about $5 per month.

Detroit’s water system serves about 700,000 city residents and 4 million people in southeastern Michigan.

A regional authority was formalized last month to take over operations of the system. The move was designed to limit future rate increases and improve aging infrastructure. Detroit still owns the system.

The city is looking into a water affordability plan for low-income residents.

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