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 that reporting and payment deadlines remain unchanged from prior years.

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 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

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: 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 To:

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

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