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City Encourages Residents to Utilize Maryland’s New Water Assistance Program

April 22nd, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The City of Cumberland is urging residents whose City water bill is past due and who are currently experiencing financial difficulty to explore Maryland’s Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This new program will be administered by the Department of Human Services’ Office of Home Energy Programs and will help low-income households pay their
water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs and support reconnections.
According to the Maryland Department of Human Services, “Funding is limited
and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and will
continue until federal funds are exhausted. Depending on income and specific
needs, applicants may qualify for the following assistance:
 Reconnect Household Water/Wastewater Services – If the
household’s water/wastewater services have been disconnected because of
past due water bills, grant funds may be available to pay off the balance,
including fees to reconnect household water services.
 Prevent Disconnection of Household Water/Wastewater Services – If
the household has received a notice that your water/wastewater services will be
disconnected due to a past overdue balance, grant funds may be available to
pay all or part of your bill.
 Reduce Current Household Water/Wastewater Past Due Balance – If
the household is struggling to afford your current water bills and meet other
household needs, the household may qualify for temporary assistance to pay
some or all of your current water bills.”
For more information about the program and to submit an application, visit the
MD Department of Human Services website at:
home-energy-programs/low-income-household-water-assistance-program/ or
contact Allegany County Department of Social Services at 301-784-7000.