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New Program for Water Bill Assistance

Updated: Jun 28

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced that the application period for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is now open. The program will provide financial assistance to low-income households to reduce the balances they have on their residential water and wastewater bills.


Apply online here: https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/dcaid-services/ or by calling 1-800-510-3102 to be directed to one of the community action agencies to assist you with starting, completing, and submitting an application online.


The LIHWAP program will provide benefits directly to water and wastewater companies, on behalf of residential customers. The assistance can be used, in order of priority, to:

  • restore services where services have been terminated and pay reconnection fees and other charges accrued due to a disconnection;

  • avoid service disruption for those residential customers who are in danger of disconnection (i.e., received shut off notices or have past due balances) and to help them afford bill payment going forward; and

  • support those household customers who are current in their bills but might be in danger of falling behind in the near future.

Priority will also be given to families with elderly or disabled household members and/or with children under the age of five, no matter which category they fall into.


To be eligible for LIHWAP assistance, applicants must be water/wastewater bill holders who are responsible for paying their water and sewer bills directly to the vendors. Also, applicants’ total gross household income must be at or below 60% of the state median Income ($6,439 a month for a family of four). The LIHWAP frequently asked questions webpage has additional information about maximum income limits and other items.


Read complete press release from the Department of Community Affairs Here: https://www.nj.gov/dca/news/news/2022/approved/20220302.shtml




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