UPDATE: Effective March 15, 2023:
You can receive upto $15,000 assistance to pay your overdue water and wasewater bill!
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).
A recent update to the federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) provides financial assistance to low-income Californians to help manage their residential water utility costs. Established by Congress in December 2020, this federally funded program helps low-income households pay down their outstanding residential water or wastewater bills. California has been allocated $116 million in one-time funding to provide LIHWAP assistance.
The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is the designated administering agency for LIHWAP in California. Through LIHWAP, CSD works with a network of community-based local service providers to help low-income households pay down their outstanding residential water and wastewater utility bills.
For more information about how LIHWAP can help your household pay down your past due water or wastewater bills and how to apply visit LIHWAP Find Assistance.
If you qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) you may also qualify for up to $15,000 in assistance to pay your overdue water and wastewater bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). To be eligible:
- You must be past due on your water and/or wastewater bill.
- Your water and/or wastewater provider (such as EBMUD and ACWD) must be a LIHWAP participant.
- You must be able to provide a Government-issued photo ID.
Alameda County customers:
Contact Spectrum to apply to both LIHWAP and LIHEAP at the same time. For the supplemental application form and to check eligibility, speak to a customer service representative call 510-881-0300.
- How to Apply: https://spectrumcs.org/energy-services/lihwap
- English Application Packet
- Aplicación en Español- Solo agua
- 中文申請表 - 只要水費補助
Energy services - https://spectrumcs.org/energy-services/liheap
Contra Costa County customers:
Community Services Bureau in Contra costa county
Contact Community Services Bureau in Contra Costa County to apply for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).
- LIHWAP Application Packet - call to have packet sent to you.
- For information please contact (925) 267-6624.