On February 25, 2022, the Philadelphia Water Department filed the Formal Notice of its Special Rate Proceeding with the Philadelphia Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rate Board for reconciliation of approved FY 2023 rates and charges.

The above rates and charges were previously authorized as a part of the Settlement of the 2021 general rate case which was approved by the Board in its June 16, 2021 Rate Determination.

The Department also filed the Formal Notice of proposed changes to its Tiered Assistance Program (TAP) Rate Rider Surcharge rates, which are to become effective September 1, 2022.

If the Department’s position prevails in both proceedings, rates to be implemented on September 1, 2022 will have the following estimated impact on typical residential customer monthly bills.

 Effective Date  Percentage Increase Additional Monthly ChargesTypical Monthly Bill
September 1, 2022   7.4%    $5.14  $74.29
Note: A typical residential customer has a 5/8-inch water meter and uses approximately 500 cubic feet of water (3,740 gallons) per month.

Opportunities for the public to provide comments on the proposed changes in rates and charges or to otherwise participate in the rate process will be announced shortly.

Customers can learn about participating in the rate process at www.phila.gov/water/rateboard

Read the full announcement regarding the 2022 Rate Proceedings here.