According to a news release, the application deadline for the Low- Income Water Assistance Program has been extended to March 31, 2024.

Congress established the program in 2021, and the federal government provided California with $116 million.

As of now, the state has $40 million available, with $5 million for San Diego County, Water Authority officials said.

LIHWAP will pay water/wastewater bills up to $2,000 for qualified low- income households. Renters whose utility payments are part of their rent are also eligible, according to the Water Authority. The authority helped secure the federal funds.

Dan Denham, Water Authority general manager, said water affordability is one of his agency’s top priorities.

“We are committed to helping ensure that everyone in San Diego County has access to safe and reliable water,” Denham said. “In addition to the current funds, the Water Authority is supporting efforts to develop federal legislation to make the low-income assistance program permanent.”

The Water Authority has teamed up with the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty of San Diego County and Campesinos Unidos Inc. to inform residents about federal financial aid for water customers.

According to Water Authority officials, those wanting to check their eligibility must apply directly to MAAC or Campesinos. Residents can find their local service provider at by entering their city.

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