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Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board

Rate proceedings

On January 21, 2022, the Philadelphia Water Department filed Advance Notices of a Special Rate Proceeding regarding the reconciliation and potential downward adjustment of water, sewer and stormwater rates and charges approved in the 2021 Rate Proceeding, as well as its annual Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider Surcharge rates (TAP-R) Adjustment Proceeding.

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Storm Water Rate Board considers testimony and evidence from 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. The records of each rate case include the initial filing from the Philadelphia Water Department, transcripts of hearings, public comment, testimony and evidence presented or submitted to the Board, and the Board’s determination.

2022 TAP Rate Adjustment

On January 21, 2022, the Philadelphia Water Department filed Advance Notice of the Department’s proposed changes to its Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider Surcharge rates (TAP-R), proposed to become effective September 1, 2022.

View 2022 Annual Adjustment Proceeding

View 2022 Rate Determination on the 2022 TAP-R Proceeding →


2022 Special Rate Proceeding

On January 21, 2022, the Philadelphia Water Department filed Advance Notice of the initiation of a Special Rate Proceeding regarding the reconciliation and potential downward adjustment of water, sewer and stormwater rates and charges previously approved to take effect September 1, 2022.

View 2022 Special Rate Proceeding

View 2022 Rate Determination on the 2022 Special Rate Proceeding →


2021 TAP Rate Adjustment

On April 14, 2021, the Water Department filed Formal Notice to implement the annual adjustment to the Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider (TAP-R) and to revise related water, sewer, and fire service connection quantity charges. The Rate Board filed its Rate Determination on June 16, 2021.

 View 2021 Annual Adjustment Proceeding 

View 2021 Rate Determination on the 2021 TAP-R Proceeding →


2021 General Rate Proceeding

On February 16, 2021, the Water Department filed Formal Notice seeking increases in water, sewer, and stormwater rates effective September 1, 2021 and September 1, 2022. The Rate Board filed its Rate Determination on June 16, 2021.

View 2021 General Rate Proceeding

View 2021 Rate Determination on the 2021 General Rate Proceeding →

Read a press release from the Water Rate Board outlining the Rate Determination for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022 and 2023 →


2020 TAP Rate Adjustment

On May 20, 2020, the Philadelphia Water Department filed an Advance Notice to implement the annual adjustment to the Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider (TAP-R) and to revise related water, sewer, and fire service connection quantity charges.

 View 2020 Annual Adjustment Proceeding 


2020 General Rate Proceeding

On February 11, 2020, the Philadelphia Water Department filed its Advance Notice of proposed changes in water, sewer, and storm water rates and related charges with City Council and the Rate Board.

 View 2020 General Rate Proceeding 


2019 TAP Rate Adjustment

On April 4, 2019, the Philadelphia Water Department filed an Advance Notice to implement the annual adjustment to the Tiered Assistance Program Rate Rider (TAP-R) and to revise related water, sewer, and fire service connection quantity charges.

 View 2019 Annual Adjustment Proceeding 


2018 General Rate Proceeding

On March 14, 2018, the Philadelphia Water Department filed its Formal Notice of proposed changes in water, sewer, and storm water rates and related charges with City Council and the Board. (Advance Notice was filed February 12, 2018.)

 View 2018 General Rate Proceeding 

View the Rate Determination of Water Department Rates and Charges for FY 2019-2020 →

View the press release announcing the Rate Determination →


2016 Special Rate Proceeding

On June 28, 2016, Mayor James F. Kenney signed an ordinance passed by Philadelphia City Council that allows community gardens a special discounted rate for storm water management services. The Philadelphia Water Department filed formal notice of the proposed change in storm water rates for community gardens on October 12, 2016 and a special rate case was conducted. Based on information supplied by the Water Department and testimony from organizations and citizens, the Board approved a 100 percent special discount for community gardens effective January 1, 2017.

View 2016 Special Rate Proceeding →

View the Report of the Board on the 2016 Special Rate Filing →


2016 General Rate Proceeding

The 2016 Rate Case determined water, sewer, and storm water rates for the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. Formal notice was given February 8, 2016, and the Rate Determination was released on June 8, 2016.

View the 2016 General Rate Proceeding

View the press release outlining the Board’s decision →

View the Determination of Water Department Rates and Charges for FY17-18 →


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