Your water bill just went up. Here’s why

Water rates go up 5.9 percent beginning this month in Philadelphia. The August bill will reflect the higher charges.

The new rates enable the Water Department to meet its obligations under the City Charter of having a balanced budget through June 2012 and to pay for the higher costs associated with providing drinking water and improving stormwater runoff programs.


Q. What is the impact of this rate increase on the typical residential customer?

A. Beginning July 1, 2011, a typical residential customer’s bill increases by an additional $3.50 a month, or a total monthly bill of $62.94.


Q. What about the stormwater fee that appears on the bill? Is this a new charge?

A. No. Beginning on July1, 2010, the Water Department began changing the way that we charge for stormwater collection and treatment. This new method – which is the only new thing about the stormwater fee – best represents the proportion of rain water generated by a particular property, and will be phased in over four years.

Residential properties are charged a flat rate of $13.66 that is based on a citywide average of lot size and impervious characteristics.

All non-residential customers are charged based on the actual size of their property and the impervious area at the following rates:

Total Area – 53 cents for every 500 square feet

Impervious area – $4.17 for every 500 Square feet

Try out the new mapping application this city uses to calculate stormwater fees.

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