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Voice Your Opinion on Water Rate Increases


Voice Your Opinion on Water Rate Increases

Philadelphia Water wants to raise your bill. Voice your opinion at one of these hearings, and find out more information below.

Monday, April 16,
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tuesday, April 17, 
White Rock Baptist Church
5240 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139

Thursday, April 19, 
Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114

Friday, April 20, 
Philadelphia City Council
494 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Monday, April 23, 
6:30– 8:30p.m.
Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc.
2600 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Tuesday, April 24, 
Roxborough Memorial Hospital
5800 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa 19128

Wednesday, April 25, 
Zion Baptist Church
3600 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Monday, April 30,
The Philadelphia Protestant Home
6401 Martins Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Wednesday, May 2,
EOM Athletic Association
144 Moore Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Water Rate Board is also accepting written public input, by email to and by mail to Philadelphia Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Rate Board, 1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

All written submissions are due by May 25, 2018.

How much is the proposed PWD rate increase?

Philadelphia Water wants to increase rates by $116 million.  This would raise bills by 11% on average! 



Monthly Bill

Percent increase from now




Starting 9/1/2018



Starting 9/1/2019



Starting 9/1/2020



Average Bill based on 5/8-inch water meter and usage of 600 cubic feet of water per month

How do I get more information about the rate increase proposal?

The entire filing (of more than 5,000 pages) can be found here:

Have questions or concerns about Philadelphia’s proposed 11% water rate increase? 

So do we!  Contact us for details on how to ask questions and provide your input:

  • How will a water rate increase impact your household budget? Water service can already be unaffordable for struggling families.
  • What would it mean to you to pay $8 more a month (almost $100 per year) for water?
  • What issues have you had dealing with the Water Department or the Water Revenue Bureau? What improvements in customer service and assistance programs should PWD make before it is allowed a rate increase?

How should the Water Rate Board respond to these major policy questions?

  • Should customers be required to pay $12 million more per year to fund construction work?
  • Should customers be required to pay $10 million more per year for stormwater management?
  • Should water customers (rather than taxpayers) be required to pay $8 million more per year for water used by the Fire Department to fight fires?
  • Is it fair to raise rates when Philadelphia Water has over $200 million in the bank?
  • What more should the Water Rate Board do to increase affordability of water bills for low-income customers, especially given low enrollment rates in the Tiered Assistance Program?

If you want more information about how to participate in or speak at these important hearings, please call Water Public Advocate, Community Legal Services at 215.981.3788.