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Water and Sewer Connections

Most development projects involve new connections to a PWD water main or sewer. Several PWD Units will assist in the review and approval of proposed connections to PWD infrastructure and provide your project with the necessary signoffs for other permits.

Water Transport Records

Philadelphia Water Department
2nd Floor 
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Water Transport Records (WTR) is a key administrative and technical group within PWD that provides numerous services to the development community including:

  • PWD sign-offs on Building Permit applications
  • Sprinkler application stamps with current flow test data
  • Verification of water and sewer availability for proposed development projects
  • Issues pre-permit applications for proposed water and sewer connections to existing City infrastructure. Note that pre-permit applications must be submitted to the Water Desk at L+I (Concourse of the Municipal Services Building - 1401 JFK Blvd) who will issue the actual permit. For more information on the review and approval of sewer connections, see the Sewer Connection and Repair Manual
  • Reviews Guaranteed Pavement Information System (GPIS) utility Clearances. 
  • Provides records of existing PWD Infrastructure to property owners, developers, and their agents through Pennsylvania One Call System
  • Receives and supplies flow test orders to the public on behalf of Load Control
  • Inspects new sewer lateral pipe connections and lateral repairs as per the Sewer Connection and Repair Manual. 
  • Updates contract drawings and connections on existing utility return plans.  

Many of these services are provided at the WTR Walk Up Desk located on the 2nd floor of 1101 Market Street. 

Sewer Facilities Planning (Act 537) 

2nd Floor 
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Sewage Enforcement Officer: 
Eric Ponert, SEO 

The Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537, as amended) requires that sewage facilities planning be conducted to confirm PWD’s existing sewer network has the capacity to handle the sewage flow from proposed developments. The first step in the planning process is for the applicant to complete a PADEP Sewage Facilities Planning Module Application Mailer (Mailer). The information contained in the Mailer will allow PWD to determine whether further sewage facilities planning (additional applications, including submissions to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) is required or if the proposed development qualifies for an exemption or waiver from further sewage facilities planning. Most development projects will qualify for this waiver, which can be handled over the counter at the WTR Desk on the 2nd Floor of 1101 Market Street.  

Utility Plan Review  

2nd Floor 
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

PWD’s Utility Plan review looks for utility conflicts, ROW conflicts, connection location and size, and other potential issues. Projects that meet any of the criteria below require Utility Plan Approval: 

  • Projects that need a L+I Building Permit for New Construction 
  • Projects that need a L+I Site Permit that includes a foundation
  • Projects that are proposing new water or sewer connections to PWD Infrastruture 
  • Projects that are proposing impacts to PWD infrastructure and/or an encroachment into PWD's Right-of-Way 

The criteria above is not all encompassing and there may be other circumstances where a submission to Utility Plan Review is recommended to resolve a conflict or concern related to PWD infrastructure.  

To initiate this review, submit the Utility Plan in .pdf format to pwdur@phila.gov. The submitted Utility Plan must meet the criteria identified in the following Utility Plan Checklist,  Sample Utility Plan, PWD Water Meter Installation Standards, and Demand Calculation Worksheet Philadelphia Service Line Sizing PermittingMake sure to use the latest materials when submitting for review. Guidenance Documents were last updated on 10/12/2021. 

Applicants proposing private water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer infrastructure within a Planned Community (PC) or Condominium must comply the Philadelphia Plumbing Code.  The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections is responsible for the enforcement of the Plumbing Code and should be contacted with any questions related to the code requirements. In addition, all private infrastructure must be clearly shown and labeled on the Utility Plan for Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) review. When submitting to PWD for Utility Plan Review, the applicant must include a copy of the completed Private Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer Infrastructure Guidelines Checklist

Utility Plan Approvals are valid for two (2) years unless otherwise specified on the approval stamp. If the approval stamp specifies the project is eligible for an extension, the applicant can email pwdur@phila.gov to request one six (6) month extension for a total of thirty (30) months.