Maryland Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is available statewide and provides Maryland households with financial relief toward water and/or wastewater bills. Eligible households may receive up to $2,000. LIHWAP funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

To be eligible for LIHWAP, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

• The applicant (or a member of the household) must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.

• The applicant must be a Maryland resident who is responsible for a water and/or wastewater bill issued by a public water system or treatment works and must live at the property for which assistance is being provided.

• The applicant must submit a current water and/or wastewater bill showing accrued arrearages of at least $100.

• The total household income (previous 30 days) may not exceed the gross income threshold which is 60% of the State Median Income.

• An applicant may be categorically eligible if they (or someone in their household) are receiving one of the following benefits at the time of application:

         ◦ Low Income Household Energy Assistance (MEAP)
         ◦ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)
         ◦ Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
         ◦ Temporary Disability Assistance (TDAP)
         ◦ Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
         ◦ Emergency Rental Assistance (ERAP)
         ◦ Means Tested Veterans Benefits    
 
You can apply for LIHWAP assistance safely and conveniently online at Low Income Household Water Assistance Program - Maryland Department of Human Services
If you are unable to apply online, you may request an application be mailed to you through our service hotline at 1-800-332-6347 or by calling your local Department of Social Services or OHEP office. 
 
You can contact us Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00 pm by calling our customer service hotline at 1-800-332-6347 or by calling your local Department of Social Services or Office of Home Energy Programs Office.