GLCAP offers assistance for water bills

Assistance for water and wastewater bills is now available through the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). In Tiffin, this program applies to AquaOhio water service and City of Tiffin sewer service.

GLCAP-LIHWAP can help residents who are facing a water shut-off or are in disconnect. The program can also help residents 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 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $22,540 annual income/household of one; $46,375 annual income/family of four).

GLCAP has long-served the four-county region with utility assistance for electric, gas, and fuel supply needs for residents facing shut-offs or shortages. New federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to the states to administer for water/wastewater needs has made the service possible. The support is a welcome addition to GLCAP’s services.

“For many years, we have been able to help people with heating and cooling bills, but had few if any resources to assist those who needed help with water bills,” GLCAP Adult & Youth Development Director Ragan Claypool said. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this service as we know that the need exists in our communities.”

Assistance is available now through Sept. 30, 2022, by visiting www.glcap.org/waterhelp or by calling (800) 775-9767.