The following programs are offered separately from PWSA's Customer Assistance Programs, but are a vital addition to the financial assistance options available to income-qualified customers who need help with their water and wastewater bills.
Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Clean Water Assistance Fund
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Clean Water Assistance Fund is also available to eligible residential customers and follows the same income requirements as our Bill Discount Program. It is also administered by Dollar Energy Fund.
To Learn more and apply for assistance, visit the Clean Water Assistance Fund Page.
Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
LIHWAP is a temporary assistance program created by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act. The funds are available as grants and do not need to be re-paid.
LIHWAP can help households maintain essential water access if they are in emergency situations, including past-due water bills, termination of water service, or are facing termination of water service in the next 60 days. Assistance can range up to $2,500 for each water service the customer receives. Eligible PWSA customers receiving both drinking and wastewater services can qualify for grants totaling up to $5,000.
LIHWAP is part of the nation’s continued response to families experiencing financial difficulties due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvania received approximately $43.2 million to assist families who have lost or are at risk of losing water service in their homes.
To learn more and apply for assistance, visit the LIHWAP Water Assistance Program Page.
Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance
Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance fund is part of the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and is available to renters who are struggling to afford their rent and utility bills. This funding specifically helps renters who are experiencing financial hardships caused by COVID-19 or other circumstances.
A total of $37 million is available to provide families in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh with necessary financial relief. The funding is available on a first-come first-serve basis and can be provided to a tenant for future rental and utility payments, and for unpaid rental or utility payments that have accrued since March 13, 2020.
To learn more and apply for assistance, visit the Allegheny County Rental Assistance Page.