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

2018 Rate Proceeding and Decision

On March 14, 2018, PWD filed with the Rate Board its proposal to increase rates to recover additional revenues over three years (FY2019 -2021). As originally filed, PWD’s proposed increases would have raised the Department’s overall revenues by 1.6 percent in FY2019, 4.5 percent in FY2020 and 4.5 percent in FY2021. Under the originally proposed schedules of water and wastewater rates, the total monthly bill for the typical residential customer using 500 cubic feet of water per month would have increased from $66.50 to $67.24 in FY2019; to $70.60 in FY2020; and to $73.79 in FY2021.

The Rate Board determined that it will only address the proposed rate increases for FY2019 and FY2020 at this time. Based on its review of the evidence presented, the Board approved overall revenue increases of 1.33 percent in FY2019 and 1.20 percent in FY2020. For a typical residential customer, the monthly bill would decline slightly from $66.50 to $66.33 in FY2019 due to a reduction in the monthly customer service charge, then increase to $67.19 in FY2020. The rate changes approved in the Order will go into effect on September 1, 2018 for FY 2019 and on September 1, 2019 for FY 2020.

In reaching its decision, the Board sought to balance the cost to customers along with the critical infrastructure and financial needs of the Water Department.
Read the 2018 Rate Determination

The proposed rates and charges are as follows:
  • Definitions (Section 1.0 et seq.)
  • Water Charges (Section 2.0 et seq.)
  • Sewer Charges (Section 3.0 et seq.)
  • Stormwater Management Service Charges (Section 4.0 et seq.)
  • Billing for Water, Sewer and Stormwater Charges (Section 5.0 et seq.)
  • Miscellaneous Water Charges (Section 6.0 et seq.)
  • Miscellaneous Sewer Charges (Section 7.0 et seq.)
  • Miscellaneous Stormwater Charges (Section 8.0 et seq.)
  • Fire Service Connections (Section 9.0 et seq.)

The proposed changes in water, sewer and stormwater rates and related charges provide for a three-phase rate increase. The first phase is proposed to become effective September 1, 2018. The second and third phase will be consecutively implemented on September 1 of 2019 and 2020. The effect of the proposed increase on a typical residential customer bill, if approved by the Rate Board, would be as follows:

Effective Date Percentage Increase
September 1, 2018 1.1%
September 1, 2019 5.0%
September 1, 2020 4.5%
Copies of the proposed regulations and supporting data are available online at:

Copies may also be examined at the Department of Records at Room 158 City Hall, as well as at the following locations:

  • Philadelphia Water Dept., ARAMARK Tower, 1101 Market Street, 3rd Floor (Call 215-685-6300)
  • Water Revenue Bureau, Municipal Services Bldg., 15th & J. F. Kennedy Blvd., Room 200 (Call 215-686-6880)
An independent hearing officer and public advocate have been appointed:
  • Independent Hearing Officer: Nancy Brockway
  • Public Advocate: Community Legal Services

Anyone wishing to be a Participant in the Rate Proceeding to consider those changes should register with the Board:

Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board
c/o Cody Williams
City of Philadelphia Law Department
1515 Arch St., 17th Fl.
Philadelphia PA 19102

Public Hearings

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

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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

Rate Setting Process

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