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Get to Know LIHWAP​​​


​LIHWAP stands for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program.

LIHWAP is a federally funded program that offers a one-time payment to help you pay your past due water or wastewater bills.

LIHWAP helps pay overdue bills which accrued during any timeframe. There is no date restriction for when the overdue amount occurred.  ​

LIHWAresidential water and wastewater benefits begin ​rolling out in June 2022

To learn more about the LIHWAP program, visit the LIHWAP program overview.​


​Am I Eligible?

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Eligibility for LIHWAP services can vary depending on income, water system participation, place of residence, and other factors.

Your household may qualify if:

  • ​Your total household gross income is at or below 60% of the State Median Income (see table) or a household member is a current recipient of CalFresh or CalWORKs;
  • You have a past due amount on your water or wastewater bill;
  • ​You receive service from a community water system or wastewater treatment provider (private wells and septic excluded); and 
  • Your water or wastewater system has enrolled in the program. ​​​
  • Renters: If your water and/or wastewater bill is included in your rental payment you may still qualify for LIHWAP if you are past due on rent. The application will require an additional step: you must complete an agreement with your landlord to apply the benefit amount. To learn more about the application process, contact your local LIHWAP agency​​ for more information.​

To find assistance paying your water or wastewater utility bill, contact the local LIHWAP service provider in your area to get more information and apply. 

If you would prefer to speak to a live operator to assist you in obtaining more information on where to apply, please call our toll-free helpline at 

2022​ LIHWAP Incom​e Eligibility

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​​​​​Per​​sons In H​o​us​​ehol​​​​d​​

​​M​onthly​ In​co​me
​1
$2,564.73
​2​
​​​$3,353.87
​3
$4,14​3.02​
​4​​
$4,932.17​
​5$5,721.31
​6
$6,510.46
7
$6,658.43
8$6,806.39​
9
$6,954.36
10$7,102.32​
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​Enrolled Water & Wastewater Providers

Under federal rules, local water and wastewater utilties must enroll in LIHWAP for their customers to be eligible for LIHWAP financial assistance. A list of water and wastewater utilities currently enrolled in LIHWAP can be found here: 

Enrolled Water & Wastewater Providers

Note: If your water system has not yet enrolled in LIHWAP, it's not too late. Water and wastewater utilties can complete the LIHWAP Direct Pay Interest Form to enroll and ensure that LIHWAP financial assistance is available for their eligible customers.​


Behind on Your Energy Bills?

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) may be able to help you pay your energy bills.  ​

​For more information, visit www.csd.ca.gov/energybill​.

 

 

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