Water Charging Program
Please Note: DRBC Accepting ACH Payments

The DRBC accepts electronic payments via ACH debit from your bank account for payments of $25.00 or more.

If you cannot make your payment, please email Elba.Deck@drbc.gov or call Elba at 609-883-9500 x201 to discuss an alternative payment schedule. 

Report Online

DRBC launched its online reporting system for all participants in the Water Supply Charges Program in 2013. Using the online system is mandatory.

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.

Helpful Information to Get You Started With Online Reporting:


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


Click Here to Begin Online Reporting.


The annual reporting and payment schedule for surface water withdrawals has changed from a calendar year to a fiscal year to accommodate the DRBC’s mid-year rate change effective July 1 each year.

Online reporting will commence on July 1, 2022, for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 withdrawals (2021-2022 form) and will be due July 31, 2022.

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

Regulations & Background


Basin Regulations - Water Supply Charges (pdf; this document incorporates amendments through July 1, 2022)


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.

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.

Rates listed below are effective July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

As published in the Federal Register Notice announcing the rate adjustments (pdf) and online, the below surface water rates are effective July 1, 2022, and apply to surface water withdrawals beginning on that date:

Consumptive Use: $94 per million gallons

Non-Consumptive Use: $0.94 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: July 31

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

Annual Reports - Pre-1961 Entitlement Holders: July 31

Please Mail Payment To:

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

Questions? Please contact swcinfo@drbc.gov