What are the current rates and charges? View the 2014 rate increase notice.
Your bill consists of three parts:
- a usage charge for treatment and delivery of drinking water, the collection and treatment of sewage and related environmental services;
- a service charge for costs associated with metering, billing and collection operations;
- a stormwater charge for the costs of collection and treatment of all rain water in the City that drains to our waterways or to our sewer collection system.
PWD has developed a fact sheet to show how rates are calculated for our range of customers.
What are we doing to keep rates low?
PWD has undertaken several measures to reduce operational expenses, including:
- Increasing the automation and convenience of our metering and billing systems
- Reducing energy costs by generating electricity at our resource recovery plants
- Finding cost-effective ways to meet federal and state regulatory requirements that also improve Philadelphia’s waterways and revitalize the city
- Partnering with other City agencies to improve efficiency
Why do rates increase?
Like all water, wastewater and stormwater utilities, PWD is challenged by rising costs in a number of areas, including:
- Increasing commodity costs, including energy and chemicals;
- Requirements for pension funding and fringe benefit costs;
- Implementation of new environmental initiatives; and
- Expansion of infrastructure renewal and replacement
In addition, PWD continues to expand customer assistance programs.