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Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

LIHWAP helps eligible income-qualified households pay their residential water and sewer bills.

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What is LIHWAP?

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a limited term program that provides financial assistance to help eligible income-qualified households struggling to pay their residential water and sewer bills.

LIHWAP can help you with a one-time benefit:

  • Up to $15,000 to pay overdue bills which accrued during any timeframe. There is no date restriction for when the overdue amount occurred; or
  • From $200 to $316 to pay current bills.

Am I eligible?

  • Applicant must be 18+ years and have a social security number
  • Anyone living in the household can apply (applicant’s name does not have to be on the bill)
  • Household must meet income requirements
  • CalFresh and CalWORKS recipients are automatically eligible
  • Renters: If your water and/or sewer bill is included in your rent, you may qualify for LIHWAP.

2024 LIHWAP Income Eligibility

Persons in Household

Monthly Income





















*For families/households with more than 10 persons, add $166.32 for each additional person.


Note: LIHWAP benefit amount varies. Please contact your Local Service Provider (listed below) to learn more.


To learn more about this program

Please visit

If you have specific questions about Public Charge, please visit the California Health & Human Services.

You can also contact a list of legal organizations that are funded by the state to provide assistance regarding public charge.


Frequently Asked Questions

    Once, LIHWAP will end on March 31, 2024.

    No, this assistance does not impact other benefits.

    No, they are tax free.

    No, this assistance does not impact public charge determinations.

    How to apply

    To learn more, check eligibility, and apply today, please contact your local service provider:

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