Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) - 05/2023

A one-time grant is available to help New Jersey households pay past-due water and sewer bills.


  • Households with past-due water and/or sewer balances with an annual income less than the following:

Income Limits

Household Size Monthly Annual
1 $3,464 $41,569
2 $4,530 $54,360
3 $5,596 $67,151
4 $6,662 $79,942
5 $7,728 $92,732
6 $8,794 $105,523
7 $8,994 $107,922
8 $9,193 $110,320
9 $9,393 $112,718
10 $9,593 $115,117
11 $9,793 $117,515
12 $9,993 $119,913

Any additional member after 12 add $200 a month

  • Participants in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are automatically eligible for LIHWAP assistance if they are water or sewer bill holders. They still need to apply.
  • The water or sewer bills must be in the name of an adult residing in the home or the landlord’s name. If in the landlord’s name, provide a lease showing that the cost of water is included in the rental obligation.
  • At least one household member must be a US Citizen, legal permanent resident, qualified alien, or US non-citizen national.

How: Visit https://nj.gov/dca/dhcr/offices/lihwap.shtml to apply, and for more information.

Further Details:

  • Benefits will be based on the exact amount owed to the utility company, including reconnection, delinquency, and service fees. If you do not have a past-due balance, you do not qualify. Payments will be made directly to the water and sewer vendors.
  • Benefits will be provided to eligible households until funding is exhausted.
  • You do not need a COVID-19 related impact to be eligible for the LIHWAP program.
  • For additional information, click here: https://dcaid.dca.nj.gov/2022lihwapfaq.pdf