I'm sure the article last week, "Water bills to go up; Shores contests rates," upset many local residents.
Other articles in the Free Press and News on this topic gave the impression that Detroit passes their increased costs on to the suburbs and they in turn pass it on to the local residents, who get stuck with the final bill, and there's nothing the cities or residents can do about it.
It appears that the cities can do something, but for some reason they choose not to.
A simple way to lower water rates for a lot of people is to allow second water meters for sprinkler systems.
There are two charges generated from the meter readings, actual water used and a sewage charge. Many other cities realize that sprinkler systems don't add to the sewage volume and allow second meters so residents are only charged for the water they use to sprinkle their lawns, not an additional sewage charge.
I looked at one of my water bills and was surprised how much the sewage charge adds to the total bill. In the Woods, almost half of the total bill is for code "SW" (sewer). It appears that separate water meters for sprinkler systems can easily offset any rate increase from the city of Detroit.