Speak out about the Phila. Water Department’s request to raise your bill

  • Did you know that the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD) proposed rate increase would raise your water and sewer rates by 28.5% over less than 3 years? That’s about $196 more per year! Yet the PWD has more than $150 million in a fund that is supposed to prevent shocking rate increases like this one.
  • Will your income increase at the same rate over 3 years?
  • Has the Water Revenue Bureau (WRB) refused to listen to your concerns about your PWD water bill and failed to provide any real help?
  • Have you ever tried to get a WRB hearing after denial of an application for service or after the WRB has refused to offer you an affordable payment agreement to avoid service shut-off?
  • Did you know that the WRB has a program, called WRAP, to help low income families afford service?
  • Do you have questions about the storm water rate and how it will change?

The Water Department claims that it needs $318 million more over the next four years. This claim is based on unproven estimates and financial forecasts.

We need your help convincing the Philadelphia Water Commissioner and the Rate Case Hearing Officer that this proposed rate increase is not right, and will be a burden on Philadelphia customers who are already struggling to make ends meet.

Come SPEAK OUT About the Water Department’s Request to Raise Your Bill

Locations and Dates:

Center City—Monday, July 9, 10 a.m.-noon, Philadelphia Senior Center—509 S. Broad Street

Northwest Philadelphia—Tuesday, July 10, 6-8 p.m., Roxborough Memorial Hospital—5800 Ridge Avenue

Northeast Philadelphia—Thursday, July 12, 6-8 p.m., Holy Family College, Campus Center Conference Room 115—9801 Frankford Avenue

North Philadelphia—Monday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., YMCA—1400 N. Broad Street (Broad and Master St.)

West Philadelphia—Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., White Rock Baptist Church—5240 Chestnut Street

If you want more information about how to participate in or speak at these important hearings, please call Water Public Advocate, Community Legal Services at 215-981-3746.


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