Alerts, News, & Updates

Winter Temps and Main Breaks

Cold winter temperatures like those seen locally in recent weeks can stress infrastructure, and the Philadelphia Water Department is currently experiencing an increase in water main breaks and leak investigations. During winter months, we strive to increase staffing of crews that investigate and repair leaks and main breaks. Emergency crews are responding as quickly as […]

New Program May Offer $5,000 for Past-Due Bills

Have past-due water bills? The new Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may provide up to $5,000 for Philadelphia Water Department customers towards delinquent water bills. LIHWAP is a temporary grant program that began accepting applications on January 4, 2022. Learn more and apply on the state’s Dept. of Human Services […]

Customers Sent Past Due Notice in Error

We are aware some customers who are current on their water bill payments received past due notices in the mail. If you believe you received a notice in error, please disregard it. You may check your balance by calling (215) 685-6300 or at We apologize for the error and are committed to providing accurate information to our […]

Northwest Philadelphia outage

Update 12:05 pm: The water main break has been isolated, and water service is restored to customers in the impacted area. Anyone who continues to have issues with water flow should contact (215) 685-6300 to investigate. 8:00 am: The Philadelphia Water Department is responding to a break on a water main near the intersection of […]

We Are Fixing Water Billing Error

As a result of an August 3, 2021 data error in our billing process, a number of water customers recently received bills showing incorrect water usage readings for the past month, and incorrect bill amounts. We are aware of the error, and apologize for the distress it may have caused customers. Customers are not responsible […]

6th and Bainbridge Water Main break

Early on the morning of July 25th, at approximately 12:30 am, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) was called to the intersection of 6th and Bainbridge for reports of a large, 30” water main break. Our crews arrived on scene at approximately 1:00 am and began the work to shut down the water main. Over the […]

Schedule your New Water Connection (3″ or Larger)

For connections 3″ or larger: Complete and submit a New Water Connection Request form when ready for new service. Please anticipate a 10-12 week lead time from the date of your request to the date of installation. ▶ To schedule your connection: You’ll receive a confirmation email with the details needed to follow up on […]

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