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Flint homeowners complain about high water bills

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(06/13/14) - Flint made the switch from the Detroit water system to the Flint River more than a month ago.
     
Since then, complaints have flowed in about the taste and the higher cost of the product.
          
A homeowner on Flint's east side says when the city made the switch, his water bill went up about $25.
     
His most recent one was just under $80.

Lee Miller has lived on Whittier Street with his wife and grandson since 2007.
     
From his standpoint, water was cheaper when it was coming from Detroit.
     
When he moved into his home, his water bills averaged about $27 a month. Now, he's paying about three times that amount, and more green for the water bill probably means less green for his lawn this summer.

"We like to take care of our yards outside and for me to water the lawns and take care of the lawn, it's going to go up quite a bit and I'm probably not going to be able to do that this summer because of the high price of the water and we've also noticed, me and my wife has noticed the whites are not getting as clean, there's a smell to the water," Miller said.

"The smell, a lot of people are experiencing, sometimes they smell a lot of chlorine or less chlorine than they're used to, those are things we're stabilizing as we go through the process," said Daugherty Johnson, the Utilities Administrator for Flint.

Just across the street from Miller is the city of Burton.  
     
We compared their water bills with those from Flint. We found that theirs are cheaper.
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