Water Department lets public have its say on planned rate hike

Your water bill might be going up soon. The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is proposing to increase its rates over the next four years.

According to a press release from the Mayor's Office, the average increase will be about $4.10 a month. That works out to an annual average increase of 6.5 percent. 

Want to have your say about the hike? The Water Department is holding public hearings on the changes. The details are after the jump.

Deputy Finance Commissioner Joseph Clare said in a statement, "The proposed new rates will allow PWD to meet all of our operating expenses and fund extensive capital improvements to protect the infrastructure and in turn, protect residents from flooding during increasingly intense rainstorms."

Monday, July 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 
Philadelphia Senior Center                                 
         509 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147                                 
*There will be a Sign Language and Spanish interpreter present. 
        * This meeting will be streamed live at www.phillyCAM.org/PWDrates 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Wolcoff Auditorium 
5800 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.                 
          Holy Family University, Campus Center Conference Room 115                 
9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114                                 
Monday, July 16, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
YMCA North Philadelphia 
Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (Broad & Master Sts.) 
      *There will be a Spanish Interpreter present. 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
White Rock Baptist Church 
5240 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139 

Monday, July 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 
Philadelphia Senior Center      
509 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147                                 
*There will be a Sign Language and Spanish interpreter present.        
* This meeting will be streamed live at www.phillyCAM.org/PWDrates 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Wolcoff Auditorium 
5800 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.                          
Holy Family University, Campus Center Conference Room 115                 
9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114                                 

Monday, July 16, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
YMCA North Philadelphia 
Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (Broad & Master Sts.)      
*There will be a Spanish Interpreter present. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
White Rock Baptist Church 5240 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139 

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