A deal for Genesee County suburbs to continue buying water from the City of Detroit comes with a price hike of 20 percent according to MLive.

Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright says a pending deal would raise the price of what the county pays Detroit for 1,000 cubic feet of water from $21 to about $25 from July 2014 to June 2015. Another ten percent increase is expected the following year.

Wright says he expects the agreement to be signed this month. The deal is needed as construction continues on the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline that will end the county's dependence on Detroit for its water.

The deal will have no effect on Flint residents which is using the Flint River as a source of water since terminating its agreement with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more than a month ago.


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