Water Assistance Program/LIHWAP
Applications closed on 10/28/2022.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary emergency program to help low-income families pay overdue water bills. LIHWAP is a grant.
You do not have to repay it.
LIHWAP crisis grants may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your water service. You can receive one crisis grant for your drinking water service and one crisis grant for your wastewater service, up to $2,500 each.
Crisis situations include:
- Past-due water bills.
- Termination of utility service.
- Danger of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days).
How to Apply
Please note that applications closed on 10/28/2022.
You may qualify for a LIHWAP grant if:
You either rent or own your home.
- You have an overdue water bill that you are responsible for paying.
- Your household income meets the following income guidelines:
|For every additional person, add $6,810|
Help promote the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) using the materials below:
Social Media Posts
Below are examples of social media posts and graphics. If you decide to create your own, then please be sure to use dhs.pa.gov/WaterHelp for information about LIHWAP and feel free to tag DHS on
Examples of text for posts:
Need help keeping your home water flowing? Visit dhs.pa.gov/WaterHelp to learn about the temporary assistance program created by the American Rescue Plan Act for Low-income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).
Do you have past-due water bills?
Under threat of losing water service in the next 60 days?
Has your water service terminated?
Low-income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may be able to help. Learn more at: dhs.pa.gov/WaterHelp
Are you or someone you know at risk of losing water service at their home? Help is available for Pennsylvanians who qualify. Learn more at dhs.pa.gov/WaterHelp
Social Media Graphics
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Short flyer text
Are you at risk of having your water shut off?
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is available to help families who have overdue water bills or at risk of losing water service for their home.
Applications open January 4, 2022
Learn more about if you qualify at www.dhs.pa.gov/waterhelp
Apply for LIHWAP and other assistance now at www.compass.state.pa.us
Are you or someone you know at risk of losing water service at their home? Help is available for Pennsylvanians who need help with water bills or who may lose water service.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a new, temporary assistance program created by the American Rescue Plan Act. LIHWAP can help households that are in emergency situations maintain essential water access. Crisis situations include:
- Past-due water bills;
- Termination of water service; or,
- Threat of termination of water service in the next 60 days.
To qualify, applicants must meet income requirements and have a crisis situation with water service. Learn more about LIHWAP and find out if your water service is participating at
Apply for LIHWAP and other public assistance programs online at anytime through