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What is LIHWAP?

A child and one adult wash dishes in a kitchen sink smiling and looking at each other. Text overlay at the bottom of image: The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program, Learn more:, Logo for the California Department of Community Services and Development in upper-right corner.

  • LIHWAP offers a one-time payment to help you pay your water or wastewater bills
  • LIHWAP can help you if you're past due on your water bill or even if you're current on payments
  • LIHWAP helps pay bills accrued anytime. There are no date restrictions


How Do I Apply?

Eligibility for LIHWAP services can vary depending on income, water system participation, place of residence, and other factors. Households whose utility payments are included in their rent may also be eligible for LIHWAP. Recipients of CalFresh, CalWORKs, and LIHEAP are automatically income-qualified for LIHWAP Assistance

To get an application or apply for services call our Utility Assistance office at 530-712-2600, Option 1 or email us at

Our Utility Assistance Office accepts paper applications by appointment only. Normal office hours are Monday~ Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, at 2640 S. 5th Avenue Suite 1, Oroville, CA.