Funding is available through the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to provide water utility assistance to Wisconsin families. Eligibility is based on household income, household size, and the household’s water and utility burden. Eligible applicants for LIHWAP first need to apply and qualify for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). Residents interested in applying should call 2-1-1 or 1-800-506-5596. Rental aid and additional utility assistance is available through the Wisconsin Dept of Administration. Residents interested in this should call 2-1-1 or visit the DOA website for more informaiton.
The Wisconsin Dept of Administration, Division of Energy Housing and Community Resources is introducing the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). It is designed to provide direct financial assistance to reduce arrearages charged to eligible drinking water and wastewater utility customers.
The LIHWAP was authorized under two separate federal appropriations as part of an emergency effort to respond to the possible future disconnection of water services due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance for water and wastewater bills is provided for in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The focus of the program will be restoration of services and prevention of disconnection.
Households eligible for LIHWAP will be required to first complete a Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) application.
Customer’s interested in applying for LIHWAP or seeking more information should contact Energy Services at 1-800-506-5596. Customers may also go online to complete a WHEAP application at https://energybenefit.wi.gov/.