Water Department rate increase hearing scheduled in Lawncrest

From the City of Philadelphia:

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) recently announced its proposal to seek rate changes, beginning Oct. 1, 2012, to maintain the City’s top-quality water, alleviate flooding, meet regulatory requirements and improve the quality of local rivers and streams. Even with the proposed additional rates, PWD’s water and sewer charges will continue to be among the lowest in the region.

An additional public hearing has been scheduled with Councilwoman Marian Tasco's, D-9th, office at the Philadelphia Protestant Home in Lawncrest, 6500 Tabor Ave. at 6 p.m. for customers to continue to comment and ask questions.

The proposed changes to rates and total monthly bills over the four-year period are below.  The current FY12 total monthly average bill is $57.43.

Residential Customer Average Monthly Billings


Fiscal Year

Percentage Increase of Monthly Bill
Additional Monthly Water & Sewer Charge  

Total Monthly Bill
2013 6.1 $3.52 $60.95
2014 6.2 $3.76 $64.71
2015 6.7 $4.36 $69.07
2016 6.9 $4.75 $73.82

Income eligibility for the senior citizen discount is being raised to $30,800.  Other assistance programs, including discounts for qualifying individuals and educational/charitable institutions will continue.

Five public hearings have already been held earlier this month and were well attended.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend this additional meeting.  If you are unable to attend the hearing, written testimony can also be submitted to the hearing officer, Michael A. Bowman, by email at ratehearings [AT] or by regular mail at

Michael A. Bowman, Esquire Bowman & Partners LLP 1600 Market St, 25th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103.

The deadline for written testimony is Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

For more information about the proposed rates filing and process, please visit the Department’s website at


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