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Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board

Independently setting rates and charges for water and sewer services for the City of Philadelphia.

Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board

What we do

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Storm Water Rate Board is an independent body. City Council established the Board to set rates and charges for water and sewer service.

Through a process of board meetings and hearings, the board considers testimony and other evidence submitted by City officials and members of the public to arrive at fair and reasonable rates to provide adequate funding for the operation of the Philadelphia Water Department.

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Philadelphia, PA 19102-1595


Notice of Technical and Public Hearings for 2020 TAP-R Rate Adjustment

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with Sections II.B.4-5 and II.C.2 of the Regulations of the City of Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board (Rate Board), that technical and public hearings will be conducted on the date and times indicated below on the proposal of the Philadelphia Water Department (Water Department) to implement the annual adjustment to the Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider (TAP-R) by revising related water, sewer and fire service connection quantity charges. Both hearings are open to the public and will be conducted remotely via Webex Meeting in light of the current restrictions related to COVID-19.

The virtual technical review hearing, at which only registered Participants may speak, will begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

The virtual public input hearing, at which any person may speak, will begin at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Persons who wish to speak at the virtual public input hearing should sign up no later than Monday, July 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm by sending an email to, including your name and contact information.  Members of the public may also submit written comments via email (including identifying information) to by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

To listen to or participate in the above hearings, use the link to the hearing: or call:

1-203-480-8023 US Toll
1-866-523-9994 US Toll Free

The access code for the meeting is 129 988 6149.

The Water Department’s rate proposal and related information are available at  Anyone who (1) needs further information, (2) has questions concerning the hearing schedule and procedures or (3) requires assistance for translation or disability, may contact the Rate Board at or the Water Department at

Be a part of the process

All Rate Board meetings and hearings are open to the public.