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Water Assistance (LIHWAP)


The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is designed to offer utility assistance for low-income families in Iowa. This water bill assistance program can help low-income renters and low-income homeowners pay past-due water bills and water reconnection fees. 

LIHWAP Eligibility 

To apply for LIHWAP, applicants must meet the income eligibility guidelines, have legal U.S. status, and demonstrate a water burden. A water burden can include being behind on water bill payments, having water disconnected, etc. This form of financial support for low-income families is meant to help families catch up on past-due water bills so that they are in a better position to afford future bills. 

To be eligible for help with water bills, applicants must meet the income maximum guidelines below.

Size Gross Income
1 $27,180
2 $36,620
3 $46,060
4 $55,500
5 $64,940
6 $74,380
7 $83,820
8 $93,260

*For households with more than 8 members, add $9,440 for each additional member

New Opportunities offers additional low-income utility aid with LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program). We strive to offer a wide range of nonprofit programs for low-income families in Iowa. These nonprofit services are aimed at ensuring that every Iowan has access to the tools and resources they need to lead happy and healthy lives. 

To learn more about LIHWAP or fill out a LIHWAP water assistance application, contact your local New Opportunities outreach office today. 

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