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.

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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?

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 to apply for services?

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

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