Water Supply Charges Program
Online Reporting Information

DRBC launched its online electronic reporting system for all participants in the Water Supply Charges Program in 2013. The online system is designed to simplify surface water use reporting, eliminate the need for the paper reports, and generate an invoice for your reference and use in submitting payments. Online reporting of surface water use is mandatory for all reporters.

Please Note: Effective September 1, 2017, the DRBC will no longer accept payment electronically through E-check (ACH). The commission will only accept check payments mailed to its West Trenton office. 

Helpful Information to Get You Started With Online Reporting:

Contact swcinfo@drbc.gov if you have any questions about the online reporting system.

Click Here to Begin Online Reporting.

ANNUAL REPORTERS PLEASE NOTE! New Interim Forms for January – June 2018 Reporting*

The annual reporting and payment schedule for surface water withdrawals is changing from a calendar year to a fiscal year to accommodate DRBC’s mid-year rate change effective July 1 each year. The current calendar year 2018 forms do not need to be completed and will not be available online as of January 1, 2019.

Online reporting will commence on July 1, 2019, for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 withdrawals (2018-2019 form) and will be due July 31, 2019.

Please contact swcinfo@drbc.gov if you have any questions.

Interim Forms:

Each facility was sent an email in December detailing which form to use and what source to report for. Please print and complete an interim form (below) for the January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018 period and return it to DRBC, along with applicable payment, by January 31, 2019.

Mail completed forms to:

Delaware River Basin Commission
Attn: Operations Section
P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360

*The Seasonal and Quarterly reporting and payment schedules are not affected by the above schedule change. Please continue to report as normal.

Introduction

Between 1964 and 1974, the commission authorized a system of water supply charges applicable to surface water uses to cover all the costs associated with making the basin water supply available and maintaining its continued availability in adequate quantity and quality over time.

Surface water charges provide the revenue stream the commission needs to repay the debt service and operations and maintenance costs for its water supply storage in two federal multi-purpose reservoirs, Beltzville and Blue Marsh, as well as administrative and staff costs related to the protection and preservation of the basin's water quantity and quality. Storage in Beltzville and Blue Marsh reservoirs is utilized in the commission's lower basin drought operating plan.

Regulatory Information

Basin Regulations - Water Supply Charges (pdf 436 KB; this document incorporates amendments through July 1, 2018)

Surface Water Rates

On July 1 of every year, beginning July 1, 2017, surface water rates will increase commensurate with any increase in the annual April 12-month Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Philadelphia, published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics during that year. In any year in which the April 12-month CPI for Philadelphia declines or shows no change, the water charges rates will remain unchanged.

The below surface water rates, as published in the Federal Register Notice announcing the rate adjustments (pdf 226 KB), are effective July 1, 2018 and apply to surface water withdrawals beginning on that date:

Consumptive Use: $82.14 per million gallons
Non-Consumptive Use: $0.82 per million gallons

Reporting and Payment Schedule

Please submit reports and any payment owed by the dates below. Late charges of 1% per month will be applied after the due date.

Quarterly Reports - Post-1961 industries, water suppliers, and power companies:

First Quarter: April 30
Second Quarter: July 31
Third Quarter: October 31
Fourth Quarter: January 31

Annual Reports - Golf Courses: see interim reporting note above

Annual Reports - Ski Resorts: April 30 (for preceding season) *NOTE NEW DATE*

Annual Reports - Pre-1961 Entitlement Holders: see interim reporting note above

Please Mail Payment To:

Delaware River Basin Commission
Attn: Operations Section
P.O. Box 7360, 25 Cosey Road
West Trenton, N.J. 08628-0360

Questions? Please contact swcinfo@drbc.gov.