Water Supply Charges Program
Online Reporting Information

In January 2013, DRBC announced the launch of its new, online electronic reporting system for all participants in the Water Supply Charges Program. The new online system has been 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 that reporting and payment deadlines remain unchanged from prior years.

As of October 28, 2015, DRBC is accepting online/electronic payments via e-Check (ACH). Upon submission of required surface water use reporting, participants in the Water Supply Charging Program can now make online payments immediately. This feature allows users to make convenient electronic payments in a more environmentally friendly manner. DRBC recognizes that some users may not be able to take advantage of online payment capabilities, so the commission will continue to accept check payments mailed to its West Trenton office. 

Helpful Information to Get You Started With Online Reporting:

Contact Gail Blum at 609.883.9500 x219 or swcinfo@drbc.nj.gov if you have any questions about the online reporting system.

Click Here to Begin Online Reporting.


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

The Commission resolved at its September 15, 2010 meeting to revise the Administrative Manual, Part III, Basin Regulations - Water Supply Charges (WSC) by amending the Schedule of Water Charges (WSC § 5.3.1) to increase the surface water charging rates for consumptive and non-consumptive use from $60 and $0.60 per million gallons to $80 and $0.80 per million gallons, respectively. This rate increase became effective January 1, 2011.

The Commission also authorized the Executive Director to establish a Water Charges Advisory Committee and to identify and develop proposals for studies addressing the various issues affecting water charges. 

Resolution 2010-9 (pdf 14 KB; adopted by the Commission on September 15, 2010)

Basin Regulations - Water Supply Charges (pdf 99 KB; this document incorporates amendments through September 15, 2010, including the new Schedule of Water Charges)

Surface Water Rates

The below surface water rates went into effect January 1, 2011.

Consumptive Use: $80 per million gallons
Non-Consumptive Use: $.80 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: January 31 (for preceding year)

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

Annual Reports - Pre-1961 Entitlement Holders: January 31 (for preceding year)

Please Mail Payment Due To:

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

Gail Blum, DRBC Water Resources Specialist, (609) 883-9500 ext. 219