Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is starting a multi-year process to upgrade the manual water meter reading process to an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system.

Upgraded technology sends readings digitally. The meter register stays in place and a new reading device, which looks like a small, flat box, is attached to the back of the register.

During this process, PWD Contractors will modify water meters at every home in the city. The installed device transmits water usage information over a secure radio signal to provide more accurate meter readings.

When will my meter be upgraded?

We’ll be working in different areas of the city over the next two years. You will receive information in the mail, including how to schedule your installation, when we are ready to begin work in your neighborhood.

How will the installations take place?

You will choose an appointment time convenient for you. PWD/City Approved contractors with special identification will arrive at the chosen time. Appointments take about 30 minutes or less.

PWDs approved installers will take all steps to protect both customers and employees from exposure to COVID-19, including the use of personal protective equipment, face coverings, and physical distancing.

PWD encourages all customers to always ask for identification from anyone who comes to their property.

Customers can call PWD at (215) 685-6300 to verify we are working in their neighborhood.

Customer service improvements

View daily water usage information

This new system allows customers to see daily usage online, without calling or waiting for a monthly bill. The data is available through the MyPhillyWaterBill e-billing web site. 

Get notified about leaks

Customers can receive alerts before leaks result in a high water bill. This feature is available through the MyPhillyWaterBill e-billing web site. 

What you can do before the upgrade

View a recent water bill and check the usage graph

If you have an estimated or zero reading, it’s important to call us and request a meter appointment immediately. Learn more about estimated readings →

Create a MyPhillyWaterBill account

Having an account will allow you to get the most out of your upgraded meter by checking for usage and leak alerts. Create an account →

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