As part of a continuous effort to address the financial impact of COVID-19, Iowa received over $10 million in federal aid. All in all, this will help households that have fallen behind in water bills. Either those that are facing a loss of service or have been disconnected already.
The new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) will provide payments directly to water vendors. Above all, households can receive payment assistance for past-due charges, fees, and taxes for drinking and wastewater services. The water assistance program started on October 8th. It will run until September 30th, 2023, or until there is no money left.
It is vital for families in our communities to have much-needed water for safe homes and health. Plus, being able to help families before they are disconnected can save the costly fees of turning the water service back on. Sieda is in charge of LIHWAP for Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, and Wapello Counties.
How Do I Qualify?
- It mirrors the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), meaning you must qualify for federal LIHEAP benefits.
- Total household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (same as LIHEAP).
- Must demonstrate legal U.S. status.
- A current water crisis must be present.
- Already disconnected from service
- Has received a disconnection notice
- Is currently on a payment plan with the vendor and cannot make the next payment.
Unlike LIHEAP (heating assistance), you can apply for LIHWAP year-round. You can call or visit your nearest Sieda County Resource Center.
Not in Sieda’s Area?
Moreover, LIHWAP is available for all 99 counties in Iowa. Therefore, if you are not in one of Sieda’s service counties, visit the DCAA’s Where to Apply.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights and Division of Community Action Agencies run the program. Funding is through the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan. For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights LIHWAP page.