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Water rate study released in Flint, rates could go up

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(04/11/14) - If you live in Flint, don't expect water rates to drop any time soon.

A new study suggests water rates may have to go up to upgrade the existing system.

The city of Flint commissioned an outside firm to study the cost of operating Flint's water and sewer system in the future and how that will impact what Flint families pay for water.

Thursday night, the firm presented their findings to some members of City Council.

The director of public works told council members that water rates could increase more than $50 next year, or $4.38 a month.

He says even with the increase, people will be paying less than they would pay if water was still coming from Detroit.

"We look at the cost that it takes to upgrade the plant to run on KWA, we look at the infrastructure concern that have been ignored or pushed back," said Howard Croft, Flint Public Works director.

Croft says the water system needs to be upgraded to prevent problems like some of the sinkholes popping up in the city.

Council will hear public comment on the possible rate increase next Thursday.

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