Stormwater

The Philadelphia Water Department maintains stormwater pipes, inlets, and treatment facilities to capture rainwater, decrease flooding and combined sewer overflows, and to reduce pollution.

Stormwater Pioneers

The Stormwater Pioneers program recognizes the best in stormwater management on private property. The selected projects demonstrate innovation, excellence, the ability to overcome technical challenges and a true dedication by the property owners, developers and designers to improving the environment and reducing stormwater runoff. More and more Philadelphia businesses are using green infrastructure to manage […]

Development Incentives

The Philadelphia Water Department offers incentives to property owners, project managers, and developers to keep and increase stormwater management on their property for lower costs. What are Development Incentives? Incentives are available to development projects that include stormwater management beyond what is required by PWDs Stormwater Regulations. These incentives take two main forms: PWD Funding […]

Stormwater Credits

The Philadelphia Water Department offers incentives to property owners, project managers, and developers to keep and increase stormwater management on their properties while keeping costs down. Explore and Apply Here: What is the Stormwater Credit Program? The purpose of the Stormwater Credits Program is to provide non-residential, condominium, and multi-family residential customers the opportunity to […]

Stormwater Grants

The Philadelphia Water Department offers incentives to property owners, project managers, and developers to keep and increase stormwater management on their property for lower costs. What is the Stormwater Grants Program? Stormwater Grants can pay for the design and construction of stormwater retrofit projects on non-residential properties in Philadelphia. Stormwater retrofit projects provide an opportunity […]

Condominium Stormwater Charge

Condominium properties are defined as real estate, portions of which are designated for separate ownership, and the remainder of which is designated for common ownership by the owners of those portions.

Non-Residential Stormwater Charge

Non-residential properties are those that cannot be classified as residential or condominium, and typically include commercial and industrial uses, as well as residential properties with more than four dwelling units. Mixed-use properties, such as properties with both residential and commercial use, are also considered non-residential for stormwater billing purposes.

Residential Stormwater Charge

Residential properties are those with structures containing one and no more than four dwelling units, excluding condominiums and properties with dormitories, nursing homes, hotels, or motels. Mixed-use properties, such as properties with both residential and commercial use, are also excluded from the residential property type.

Stormwater Incentives

The Philadelphia Water Department offers incentives to property owners, project managers, and developers to keep and increase stormwater management on their property for lower costs. What are Stormwater Incentives? Stormwater Incentives are financial and development incentives to incorporate more (or keep existing) beneficial stormwater management techniques on private property. Different Stormwater Incentives can provide: Some […]

Stormwater Billing

All properties in the City of Philadelphia are assessed a monthly stormwater charge. This fee recovers the cost the City incurs for managing stormwater. The amount charged for stormwater on a monthly bill depends on the type of property. Select a property type below to learn how the stormwater charge is calculated for that property […]

Stormwater

How does Philadelphia manage stormwater? PWD manages stormwater by building and maintaining public stormwater infrastructure and by regulating development projects in the city. We use a combination of traditional “gray” infrastructure and green infrastructure projects to reduce flooding and minimize pollution entering our waterways. Traditional or “gray” infrastructure stormwater management uses gutters, drains, and pipes […]

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