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Contact the Water Rate Board

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

Filing of Proposed Rate Increase

The Philadelphia Water Department has filed notice of proposed rate increase. View the filing documents
September 2017 - Amended Regulations
On September 8, 2017, the Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Board held a public hearing on the amendments to the existing Regulations of the Board proposed by the Board on August 3, 2017. These Amendments (refiled) on September 11, 2017, will become effective ten days later which is September 21, 2017.
December 2016 - 2016 Special Rates Filing
On October 12, 2016, the Philadelphia Water Department filed the formal notice of proposed change in stormwater rates for community gardens with the Department of Records. Please note all filing materials have remained the same as the September 12th, 2016 advance filing.

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer. and Stormwater Rate Board is an independent rate-making body responsible for fixing and regulating rates and charges for water and sewer services.

June 2016 - Rates Determined for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Board has finished the rate proceeding to determine rates for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board, at its meeting on June 6, 2016, adopted a final decision on proposed changes in rates and charges (Rate Determination) in response to the Application of the Philadelphia Water Department for Increased Rates and Charges (FY 2017-2018). The Water Department’s revised rates and charges, effective July 1, 2016, and incorporating the new rates and charges and other issues included in the Rate Board’s Rate Determination, are set forth below. As of the effective date set forth above, these rates and charges supersede the rates and charges in Chapter 3 of the Water Department’s regulations.

Rate Process

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.

Board Members

The Rate Ordinance provides for the creation and implementation of the Board, consisting of five members appointed by the Mayor and serving staggered terms.

Board Meetings

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Rate Board holds regular Board meetings. The meetings are open to the public.

2016 Rate Proceeding Record

This is the official record of the 2016 Rate Proceeding. The Water Rate Board will use this information to make its decision regarding the rate increase requested by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD).

Documents External to Rate Proceeding

These documents include Rate Board meeting notes, RFP's, and other resources external to the Rate Proceeding Record used in the Board's operation.

2016 Special Rates Filing

The Water Department’s 2016 special rate filing is to initiate the Rate Board’s review and determination of the special discounted stormwater rate for approved community gardens.

Please Note!

Public Hearings

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

View Upcoming Hearings »

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

Technical Hearings

Technical Hearings, at which only registered Participants may speak, are open to the public and will be held during the first two weeks of April. View the date, time and location of these hearings.