Philadelphia residential water bills will increase about 1 percent over the next two years, or only 69 cents a month, according to a plan announced Friday. The Philadelphia Water Department had requested an 11-percent rate boost over three years.
Under the 112-page ruling announced by the city water rate board, the monthly bill for a typical customer using 500 cubic feet of water a month (3,740 gallons) will decrease slightly from $66.50 to $66.33 in September and then increase to $67.19 in 2019.
The water department had requested an increase from $66.50 currently to $67.24 in September, to $70.60 in 2019 and to $73.79 in 2020.
The two-year plan should come as a relief for Philadelphia water customers, whose water rates have increased 70 percent since 2007.