Policy Summary

Provides for a discount in water rates for community gardens, and includes a definition of community gardens.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Philadelphia
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an incentive for a change
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
Reach Limited scope
Creates a process for community gardens to apply for discounted storm water and sewer charges.
Food System Category Grow; Distribute;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

Standards are set forth for Water Department to determine eligible gardening groups and for reviewing applications for reduced storm water rates. § 19-1603(2).

Enforcement provisions?

When any minimum water or sewer rent bill remains unpaid for 30 days after the bill is rendered, there shall be charged as a penalty a sum equal to 1% of the bill for each month during the calendar year in which the bill remains unpaid, and after the expiration of the calendar year in which the bill is rendered it shall bear interest at the rate of 1/2 of 1% per month until paid. § 19-1606.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title 19 (Finance, Taxes, and Collections), Chapter 19-1600 (Water and Sewer Rents); 19-1603 (Community gardens). History: 1916 Ordinances, p. 499; amended, 1972 Ordinances, p. 462; deleted, Bill No. 110446 (approved July 5, 2011); added, Bill No. 160523 (approved June 28, 2016), effective January 1, 2017.


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