Are you behind on your water bill? DHS’ new Water Assistance Program can help!
The Low Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is now available to provide low-income Pennsylvanians with help on water bills.
What help is available?
- LIHWAP will pay your water provider the amount needed to prevent a shut off or restore service
- Maximum of $2,500 to pay the water bill
- Maximum of $2,500 to pay the wastewater bill
- Maximum of $5,000 for combined water and wastewater bills
After approval for LIHWAP, your water provider must keep your water service turned on for at least 90 days.
Who is eligible?
- PA residents who pay the water bill. Households that are behind on water bill payments, facing shutoff, or already terminated
- Households with income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (see chart below)
- If the water bill is not in your name, you may still be eligible. Submit any proof you have that you are responsible for the water bill, like a lease or letter from the account holder
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For each additional person add $6,810 per year
How to apply:
- Online at www.compass.state.pa.us
- At your local County Assistance Office
- Call 215-560-7226 to request a paper application
- For more information, visit www.dhs.pa.gov/WaterHelp
If your application is denied, you may appeal. If you live in Philadelphia and are denied LIHWAP, contact Community Legal Services for help at 215-981-3700.