In November 2012, Philadelphia voters approved an amendment to the Charter to allow City Council to establish, by ordinance, an independent rate-making body responsible for fixing and regulating rates and charges for water and sewer services. Under the Rate Ordinance, the Board replaces the Water Department as the entity responsible for setting water, wastewater and stormwater rates. The Rate Ordinance became effective January 20, 2014. The board has been formed. View the legislation.