Updated: July 26, 2023
Qualifying residents can apply for the state’s Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program through Aug. 18
WARRINGTON, PA – The Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA) is urging qualifying customers to apply for Pennsylvania’s Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to help pay overdue water and wastewater bills.
LIHWAP crisis grants are available to customers who are in an emergency and are in jeopardy of losing their service. Crisis situations include past-due water bills, termination of utility service and at risk of having utility service terminated.
“We want our customers to know about all the resources available to them, especially if they find themselves in a financial emergency,” said Benjamin W. Jones, CEO, BCWSA. “We urge individuals and families to act now and find out if they are eligible.”
Eligible customers can receive two grants, one for drinking water service and one for wastewater service, up to $2,500 each. Applicants must meet the household income guidelines, which includes a household of four with a maximum annual income of $41,625.
After a successful program in 2022, the state received additional funding to re-open LIHWAP for 2023. BCWSA assisted more than 100 customers recover about $70,000 from the initial program. Grant recipients do not have to repay the money they receive.
Individuals can apply at www.compass.state.pa.us or request an application by calling the Statewide Customer Service Center at 877-395-8930 or call PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applications can be submitted through Aug. 18.
“We recognize customers can face a crisis at any time,” said Jones. “We are standing by to assist with the support of our state and federal partners.”