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Water utility assistance extended through September

Water utility assistance extended through September

Families needing help with water utility expenses are encouraged to seek assistance through the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). The deadline to apply for assistance has been extended to Sept. 30, 2023.

GLCAP-LIHWAP provides financial assistance for households to prevent water utility shutoffs, re-establish water service, establish new water service, or pay for service transfers. GLCAP-LIHWAP serves residents of Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood County who are at or below 175% federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $23,783 annual income/household of one; $52,500 annual income/family of four).

Funding for the program has been provided through the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services via the Consolidated Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan Act.

“Before this funding, we were not able to assist families facing unaffordable water bills or needing help starting water service,” GLCAP Energy Assistance Manager Joyce McCauley-Benner said. “Since the inception of the program in 2021, we have now been able to meet these needs in our communities and encourage those in need to reach out to GLCAP for help.”

For more information or to apply, visit or call 567-432-5046.

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