Monthly Sprinkler Charge from Philadelphia Water Dept for Home?

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  1. fiveomar

    fiveomar Well-Known Member

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    We just moved into a new home which has sprinklers throughout.

    Much to our surprise, we received a separate bill from PWD for $23.79/mo for "Fire Service Charge (Service 42P)". Is this accurate? I'm not sure why we have to pay extra to have sprinklers in our home, on top of our normal water bill?

    And if that's the case, does that sound like the right service code (42P) as $285/yr just to have sprinklers in our home (which aren't even using any water) seems VERY excessive.
     
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    Our old CC building had a sprinkler system and I know this could not be connected to a water meter as that would reduce the pressure of the fire suppression system.
    That must be the reason for the separate bill.
    And I did not read the code.
    Sprinklers should make your insurance prem lower?
     
  4. Cro Burnham

    Cro Burnham Well-Known Member

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    It's ridiculous but true. We pay it every month. Makes no sense, given that we don't use any water for it and they don't maintain our system for us. Seems like profiteering and I don't get how its legal.

    Then again, I don't get why they don't have e-billing either.
     
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    Do you (both) have two service lines and two meters?

    For residences, from what I can tell, you can install a 2nd service line for sprinklers, or branch it off the domestic service. The charge is close to what is charged for a residential fire meter of 1.5" size, and "P" is the size code for 1.5" (I'm getting $0.13 higher than what you were billed). It does seem odd there is a sewer component to that fee.
     

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