Philly has a plan to replace decaying water pipes and sewers. And you will pay for it
The Philadelphia Water Department, which has increased residential rates about 70 percent since 2007, wants to boost rates by 11 percent over the next three years, keeping pace with a nationwide trend of soaring water costs to pay for aging infrastructure.
The city’s water-rate board on Monday will hold the first of seven hearings to listen to public testimony about the department’s proposal, filed on March 14. The plan would boost the monthly bill of a typical customer using 500 cubic feet (3,740 gallons) from $66.50 to $73.70 by 2020, or $7.29 a month.
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