The Philadelphia Water Department recently announced its proposal to seek rate changes, beginning October 1, 2012 to maintain the City’s top-quality drinking water distribution, alleviate flooding, meet regulatory requirements and improve the quality of local rivers and streams. Even with the proposed additional rates, PWD’s water and sewer charges will continue to be among the lowest in the region.

Five public hearings have been scheduled to provide customers with an overview of PWD’s programs and services and an opportunity to comment and ask questions. These are open to all members of the public. The Water Department will give a brief presentation about the rate increase process and will be available to answer questions. Food and refreshments will also be available! Here's the schedule:

When:   Monday, July 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Where: Philadelphia Senior Center
              509 S. Broad Street
              Philadelphia, PA 19147
              *Spanish Language and Sign interpreter will be present
              *meeting will be streaming live at

When:    Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:   Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Wolcoff Auditorium
                5800 Ridge Avenue
                Philadelphia, PA 19128
When:   Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Holy Family University, Campus Center Conference Room 115  
               9801 Frankford Avenue
               Philadelphia, PA 19114   
When:    Monday, July 16, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where:   YMCA North Philadelphia  
                1400 N. Broad Street (Broad and Master Sts)
                Philadelphia, PA 19121
                *Spanish language interpreter will be present

When:     Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where:    White Rock Baptist Church  
                 5240 Chestnut Street
                 Philadelphia, PA 19139