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PA DEP: Information Regarding Safe Drinking Water Fees

Information regarding Safe Drinking Water Fees

FYI – please see the notices below that DEP sent to systems that serve a population of at least 3,301 regarding SDW Fees and quarterly payment options.

In addition, DEP is hosting a webinar about the new and revised SDW Fees on January 8th for PWSs.  Pre-registration is not necessary.  The webinar details are below.


SDW FEES – Quarterly Payment Option:


From: EP, SDWfees []
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:24 PM
Subject: Notice of Quarterly Payment Option for SDW Annual Fee – beginning in 2019


As you are likely now aware, DEP will begin assessing a SDW Annual Fee in 2019 to all public water systems (PWS).  One of the provisions of the General Update and Fees Regulation allows water systems whose annual fee is $6,500 or more to request to pay their fee in equal quarterly installments.


You need to know these key points regarding the quarterly payment option:

  • To be granted the quarterly payment option, each water system must submit a written request to DEP-BSDW.
  • Each water system will still receive only ONE invoice in January each year NOT quarterly invoices.
  • Quarterly payments must be submitted by March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 each year.
  • Failure to submit any quarterly payment will result in the revocation of approval for quarterly payments.

If you wish to submit your annual fee in quarterly installments, please reply to this email ( using the following language (or something similar) by COB, December 28, 2018.


      [insert PWS Name]__________, PWS ID   [insert 7-digit PWS ID#]   , is requesting to submit the SDW Annual Fee in quarterly installments.”


NOTE: If you are responsible for more than 1 water system, you must include each PWS Name and ID in your written request.


You do NOT need to submit a payment at this time.  If approved, the 2019 invoice will reflect the quarterly payments.






For more information about the new and adjusted SDW fees, please plan to attend a webinar hosted by DEP on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.  The webinar will begin a 9 AM.  Details on how to connect to the webinar are noted below.


Topic: SDW Fees Webinar


Date and Time: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

Event number: 640 535 122

Event password: SDWfees19!


To join the online event:

  1. Click here to join the online event.

Or copy and paste the following link to a browser:

  1. Click “Join Now”.


To join the audio conference only

Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208

Global call-in numbers:

Access code: 640 535 122


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