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Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Storm Water Rate Board
c/o Cody Williams
1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Proposed increases in water, sewer and stormwater rate and charges

The Philadelphia Water Department is proposing a rate increase of 10.6% over the next three years for the cost of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services. The first phase of the proposed rate increase will go into effect on September 1, 2018. The full increase, if approved, will be effective on September 1, 2020.

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The proposed rates and charges are as follows:
  • Definitions (Section 1.0 et seq.)
  • Water Charges (Section 2.0 et seq.)
  • Sewer Charges (Section 3.0 et seq.)
  • Stormwater Management Service Charges (Section 4.0 et seq.)
  • Billing for Water, Sewer and Stormwater Charges (Section 5.0 et seq.)
  • Miscellaneous Water Charges (Section 6.0 et seq.)
  • Miscellaneous Sewer Charges (Section 7.0 et seq.)
  • Miscellaneous Stormwater Charges (Section 8.0 et seq.)
  • Fire Service Connections (Section 9.0 et seq.)

The proposed changes in water, sewer and stormwater rates and related charges provide for a three-phase rate increase. The first phase is proposed to become effective September 1, 2018. The second and third phase will be consecutively implemented on September 1 of 2019 and 2020. The effect of the proposed increase on a typical residential customer bill, if approved by the Rate Board, would be as follows:

Effective Date Percentage Increase
September 1, 2018 1.1%
September 1, 2019 5.0%
September 1, 2020 4.5%
Copies of the proposed regulations and supporting data are available online at:

Copies may also be examined at the Department of Records at Room 158 City Hall, as well as at the following locations:

  • Philadelphia Water Dept., ARAMARK Tower, 1101 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Call 215-685-6300)
  • Water Revenue Bureau, Municipal Services Bldg., 15th & J. F. Kennedy Blvd., Room 200 (Call 215-686-6880)
An independent hearing officer and public advocate have been appointed:
  • Independent Hearing Officer: Nancy Brockway
  • Public Advocate: Community Legal Services

Anyone wishing to be a Participant in the Rate Proceeding to consider those changes should register with the Board:

Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board
c/o Cody Williams
City of Philadelphia Law Department
1515 Arch St., 17th Fl.
Philadelphia PA 19102

Public Hearings

Six Public Input Hearings have been scheduled as part of the rate setting process. To attend and participate,

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The Water Rate Board also holds regular meetings that are open to the public. View the Board Meeting Schedule or notes and agendas from past meetings

Rate Setting Process

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