Low Income Water Assistance Programs through OKDHS

Water Assistance Program online enrollment opens on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will begin accepting online applications, at OKDHSLive.org, for the Low Income Home Water Assistance Programs (LIHWAP) on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. This federally-funded program helps income-eligible families with their water utility bills.

LIHWAP is a new, one-time program that was created and funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act and American Rescue Plan Act. It provides funds to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills. Like LIHEAP, applications are accepted online at OKDHSLive.org.

 The non-emergency water bill pay enrollment period, provides assistance with a one-time payment per fiscal year to the public drinking water or waste water participating provider for the household.

The water crisis program provides assistance with a one-time payment per fiscal year for:

  • households who meet the income and resource guidelines outlined in the LIHEAP program and
  • have a verifiable water crisis, disconnected service or will be disconnected within 72 hours, and
  • the public drinking water or waste water company is a participating provider.

In order to receive LIHWAP, the customer’s public drinking water or waste water company must be a participating provider.

Priority will be given to households with elderly or disabled individuals, or with children under 5.

LIHWAP PAYMENTS

Only one payment per year, per household is allowed for each program(water bill pay and water crisis). LIHWAP payments must be applied to the water or waste water bill. Authorized payments may not be applied toward other services, such as trash, cable or other services. “Household” is defined as individuals using one utility meter or energy source.  

Native American households may apply through OKDHSLive.org or through their tribal nation. Tribal households cannot receive assistance from both OKDHS and their tribe during the same federal fiscal year.

LIHEAP AND LIHWAP INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

The maximum monthly gross income allowed per household size is:

1 person: $1,396
2 people: $1,888
3 people: $2,379
4 people: $2,871
5 people: $3,363
6 people: $3,855
7 people: $4,347
8 people: $4,839

Customers must complete the water information on their application, including their water company name, account number, cut off information, etc.  

Persons applying for each program should have the most recent water bill information for their home and utility supplier, as well as their ID, social security number and verification of income. For more information and to apply for benefits, visit OKDHSLive.org.