Alerts, News, & Updates

Shutoff Freeze: Residents Protected Until April 2022

The Philadelphia Water Department is again extending a freeze on shutoffs for residential customers, protecting those account holders from losing water services until April 2022. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 70,000 customers have benefitted from shutoff protection. Another 15,000 previously shut off customers had water restored at the start of the pandemic. […]

Extreme cold: Prepare for water emergencies, frozen pipes

Whenever below-freezing temperatures are forecast for more than 48 hours in a row, customers should protect their pipes from freezing and be prepared for potential water main breaks: If you see water in the street or believe there is a main break, call (215) 685-6300 right away. Follow @PhillyH2O on Twitter for more information.

Grants from State Help Philly Fund Big Pollution Control Projects

The Philadelphia Water Department is moving forward on a big-ticket, sustainable infrastructure project unlike any seen since federal funding helped the city expand wastewater treatment and meet new Clean Water Act standards in the 1980s. Construction of the new $100 million preliminary treatment building was green-lighted thanks to a low-interest loan awarded by the Pennsylvania […]

Protecting Customers During COVID Lockdown

Due to ongoing economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic: We will not shut off customers unable to pay water bills until April 1st, 2021.  Penalties and fees on delinquent accounts are waived until further notice. However, your past-due total will continue to grow with each missed payment. Don’t wait until you have a big debt […]

See Our Statement on the Dangers of Swimming in Philadelphia

Because of the health and safety concerns that come with swimming and any recreation that involves immersion in water, the Philadelphia Water Department does not recommend swimming in any river or creek in Philadelphia. In response to efforts to change the current recreation status of the Delaware River to allow for swimming within the city, […]

Drinking Water Master Plan Released

The Philadelphia Water Department recently completed its Drinking Water Master Plan. For the first time, residents can see a 25-year, $2.5 billion strategic vision for upgrading and expanding Philadelphia’s core infrastructure and protecting the top-quality water we depend on well into the next century. Read the Plan

The latest Philadelphia Water Department Drinking Water Quality Report is now available online here

Based on data collected by the department’s Bureau of Laboratory Services throughout 2018, the annual report details test results showing Philadelphia’s drinking water meets or is better than all state and federal water quality standards. In addition to viewing or downloading the report over the web, residents can request a free copy in the mail […]

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