Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) will be administered as a Crisis Component of the existing LiHEAP energy assistance program, addressing water burdens, such as disconnected services and pending disconnection.


What are the benefits of this program?

  • Pay past-due water and sewer bills to bring the account current and/or to avert disconnection of services
  • Assist in the reconnection of water services

What is required for program eligibility?

  • Meet income guidelines: 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must demonstrate a water burden
  • Must demonstrate legal U.S. status
  • Owners and renters both qualify

What is required to apply for services?

  • Proof of Income - last 30 days or current tax return
  • Past due water bill
  • Social security cards for all household members
  • Application - (English) (Spanish)

What services are NOT eligible for LIHWAP?

  • Utility deposits for new services
  • Diversion feeds
  • Repairs or replacement of the water systems or equipment
  • Costs related to individually owned water systems, i.e. wells

Where are services available?

LIHWAP services are available in the following five NW Iowa counties:  Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee and Ida

Where to apply for services?

More from Iowa DHR

Click below to access Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) information from the Iowa Department of Human Rights.

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Helpful Resources

Review the federal poverty guidelines income eligibility chart for program services.

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