This is a new program currently under development and funding is not available at this time to assist low-income households. Please check this webpage frequently for updates.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a new program funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Community Services (HHS-OCS). The purpose of the program is to provide emergency assistance to low-income households for drinking water and wastewater services.
The priorities of the LIHWAP are to help low-income households restore household water services, reduce arrearages, and reduce rate charges.
The Implementation Plan below was submitted to HHS-OCS on August 9, 2021, for review and approval. A pdf of the questions received during the 10-day comment period are also provided below which include ADECA’s responses.
How to Apply for Assistance
To expedite the establishment of the new LIHWAP program, ADECA will follow the federal recommendation to mirror the processes and procedures of another program we administer called the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Similar to LIHEAP, ADECA will subcontract with community action agencies throughout the state to accept and process applications from low-income households. If a household is eligible, the community action agency will mail a payment directly to the water and/or wastewater system which will be credited to the household’s account.
The target population is low-income households, especially those with the lowest incomes and the highest drinking water and wastewater costs or needs in relation to income, taking into account the family size. Additional targets are low-income households with members who are especially vulnerable, including the elderly, persons with disabilities, and young children.
In order to receive assistance, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 150 percent of the federally established poverty level.
This webpage will be updated in the near future with more information on how to apply.
When to Apply for Assistance
The Governor will issue a News Release when funds are made available to the community action agencies, and this webpage will be updated with information on when low-income households can apply. Currently, the tentative start date is set for November 2021.
At this time, LIHWAP has not been authorized as a permanent program, and the last day to apply will be September 30, 2023.
Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
All drinking water and wastewater systems that are interested in participating in LIHWAP will be required to enter into a vendor agreement with ADECA.
Please complete the questionnaire below to assist us in compiling a mailing list for the vendor agreement once it has been developed.
On July 29, 2021, HHS-OCS disseminated the Dear Colleague Letter below to invite water and wastewater utility vendors to the upcoming introduction webinar on August 12 from 2:00 to 3:00 (Central Time). The link to pre-register for the webinar is included in the letter:
Please check this webpage frequently for updates.