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Effective October 1, 2020

2021 Rate Proceeding

On February 16, 2021, the Philadelphia Water Department filed with the Records Department the Water Department’s Formal Notice of proposed changes in water, sewer, and stormwater rates and related charges to take effect on or about September 1, 2021 and September 1, 2022.

View the 2021 Rate Proceeding

If the Department's request is approved, the total monthly bill for a residential customer using 5 hundred cubic feet ("ccf") of water per month would increase by 11.6% on September 1, 2021 and an additional 5.3% on September 1, 2022. Non-residential increases vary widely based on meter size, the amount of water consumed and the gross and impervious areas of each parcel. A sample monthly bill for a small business customer with a 5/8 inch meter and using 6 ccf of water per month and having a 5,500 square foot lot with 4,000 square feet of impervious area will increase by 7.2% on September 1, 2021 and an additional 5.7% on September 1, 2022. Examples of changes in customer bills are shown below:

Customer TypeCurrent Typical Monthly BillProposed Monthly Bill (Sept. 1, 2021)Proposed Monthly Bill (Sept. 1, 2022)
Residential (5/8" meter, 500 cubic feet)$66.73$74.47$78.45
Senior Citizen with Discount (5/8" meter, 300 cubic feet)$38.43$42.94$45.13
Non-Residential (5/8" meter, 600 cubic feet$112.13$120.24$127.03

About the Rate Board

The Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Storm Water Rate Board was established in late 2012 to help set fair and reasonable rates for water and sewer service in the City of Philadelphia.

Rate Setting Process

Water for Life

Contact the Water Rate Board

Please send email to:

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