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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 one-time support to help low-income households pay past due or current residential water and sewer bills ​and keep their water on.

Many low-income residents behind on their water or sewer bills have received hundreds or even thousands of dollars in financial support to help pay their bills.

LIHWAP is administered by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), which works with local water bill assistance service providers to connect low-income households to the financial support they need.  ​

The deadline ​to apply for LIHWAP has been extended to March 31, 2024 – but don’t wait to apply! Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

​Does My Income Qualify?​​

Many low-income households across the state are already income-qualified to receive help paying past due or current water and sewer bills through LIHWAP.

Your household is income-qualified if:

  • Your total household gross income is at or below 60% of the State Median Incomeor 
  • A household member is a current recipient of CalFreshCalWORKs, or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
For more details about income eligibility and how to apply​ if you are a renter, visit:

​Is My Utility Participating?​​

In order for your household to receive a LIHWAP benefit your water or sewer utility must be enrolled in the program. Many, but not all water and sewer systems accept LIHWAP payments for past due and current bills.

To confirm if your water or sewer utility is participating in LIHWAP visit:

If your water or sewer utility has not enrolled in LIHWAP, ask them to sign-up!

​Ho​w Do I Apply?​​​

CSD ​​​​​​​​works with a network of local LIHWAP service providers to help low-income households manage their residential water utility costs and ensure access to water and sewer services through the program. Find your local service provider below to apply.​

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Want to Learn More About LIHWAP?​​​

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