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Rate Changes Effective September 2022
On September 1st, 2022, a monthly water bill for a typical residential customer increases by 6.5%.
|Effective Date||Typical Monthly Bill Total 1|
|September 1, 2021||$69.15|
|September 1, 2022||$73.62|
1. A typical customer uses 500 cubic feet (cf) of water a month and has a 5/8″ meter.
We’re aggressively seeking money from other sources.
The Philadelphia Water Department is working tirelessly to secure federal funding so we can make critical infrastructure investments, reduce pollution in local waterways, and keep all the services we provide affordable for our customers.
Our duty is to provide essential water service 24/7.
This work allows crews to strengthen existing sewers with less disruption to the community.
Our Essential Services
A typical residential bill:
A typical bill is based on a customer who uses 500 cubic feet of water (3,740 gallons) per month and has a 5/8″ water meter. A typical senior citizen uses 300 cubic feet of water per month, and eligible seniors may receive a 25 percent discount on their bill. Differences in water usage will result in higher or lower charges.
|Usage Charges||Typical Residential||With Senior Citizen Discount|
|Water Usage, including TAP Rider surcharge:|
Usage x $(48.96 + 1.03) / 1,000 cf =
|Sewer Usage, including TAP Rider surcharge:|
Usage x $(34.57 + 1.63) / 1,000 cf =
|Service Charge for 5/8″ meter|
(See Service Charge table for allocation between water and sewer)
|Total Monthly Bill||$73.62||-($14.10 discount) $42.28|
What are TAP Rider surcharges?
“TAP” refers to our Tiered Assistance Program.
The number of customers enrolled and their level of need affect the cost of the program. These costs impact water rates.
Detailed rates for different usage amounts and meter sizes
Usage: Quantity Charges
|Monthly Water Usage||Water Usage Charge per MCF||Monthly Water Usage||Sewer Usage Charge per MCF|
|First 2 Mcf||$48.96||All Billable Water Usage||$34.57|
|Next 98 Mcf||$44.99|
|Next 1900 Mcf||$34.85|
|Over 2000 Mcf||$33.91|
Usage: TAP Rider (TAP-R) Surcharge Rates
|Monthly Water Usage||Water TAP-R Surcharge per Mcf*||Monthly Water Usage||Wastewater TAP-R Surcharge per Mcf*|
|All Billable Water Usage||$1.03||All Billable Water Usage||$1.63|
Service: Monthly Charges
|Meter Size (inches)||Meter Code||Monthly Water Charge||Monthly Sewer Charge*||Combined Monthly Charge*|
|1 – 1/2||P||$8.96||$24.75||$33.71|
Service: Information for homes with residential fire sprinkler systems
|Meter Size (inches)||Meter Code||Monthly Water Charge||Monthly Sewer Charge||Combined Monthly Charge|
|1 – 1/2||P||$10.81||$7.50||$18.31|
Biochemical Oxygen Demand =
$0.375 per pound in excess of 250 mg/l
Suspended Solids =
$0.393 per pound in excess of 350 mg/l
mg/l = milligrams per liter
Let us help with your bill.
You could qualify for state grants or Debt Forgiveness!
Our goal is to help our customers maintain water service, reduce water bill debt, and apply for lower water bills through our Tiered Assistance Program (TAP). You may qualify based on income or special hardships (like high medical bills or the loss of a job). Seniors may also qualify for discounts.
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