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Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

Program Description

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a federally funded program that provides funds to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills.

Program Goals and Priorities

  • Provide an overall emergency effort to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the public health focus of ensuring that low-income households have access to safe and clean drinking water and wastewater services.
  • Assist eligible households in meeting the cost of water and wastewater burdens.

Notice of Public Participation Meeting

This Notice of Public Participation Meeting advises the public that the South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity (SC OEO) will be conducting a public participation meeting virtually at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 22, 2021, to review the proposed Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Model Plan. Click here to view the draft LIHWAP Model Plan.

To attend the virtual public participation meeting, Click here or call in (audio only) at 1-803-454-9963 and use the phone conference ID: 894 391 276# at the date and time indicated above.

Persons may also submit comments on the proposed Model Plan in writing by July 30, 2021. Comments may be mailed to the Office of Economic Opportunity at 1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 364 Columbia, SC 29201, or emailed to oeo@admin.sc.gov. All comments submitted by mail, email or made during the meeting will be included as part of the official record and considered by SC OEO.

Funding Distribution

South Carolina’s LIHWAP funds will be distributed to eligible Community Action Agencies (CAAs) statewide. CAAs will accept customer applications in each of South Carolina’s 46 counties, determine customer eligibility, and process payments to public water and wastewater service providers.

The LIHWAP supplemental funding will be available for expenditure through September 30, 2023.

General Program Requirements

  • The applicant must be a South Carolina resident living at the service address.
  • The bill must be in a household member’s name.
  • Eligible household members must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible immigrant.
  • A household’s total gross income cannot exceed 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).
  • Other documents may be requested to determine eligibility.

U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines for mandatory use in 2021 to determine financial eligibility.

Persons in Household150% Annual150% Monthly
1$19,320 $1,610
2$26,130$2,177.50
3$32,940$2,745
4$39,750$3,312.50
5$46,560$3,880
6$53,370$4,447.50
7$60,180$5,015
8$66,990$5,582.50
For each additional person,add$6,810$568

How Do I Apply?

Contact your local Community Action Agency by selecting the county in which you live.

Appeals Process

If you feel you were treated unfairly, denied service(s), your application was not processed in a timely manner, or are disputing the amount of your benefit, please notify the community action agency in your county of residence to appeal and request a fair hearing. Your application will be properly reviewed to determine eligibility based on the required documents provided.

If your appeal is further denied by the Community Action Agency, a written appeal may be submitted to E-mail oeo@admin.sc.gov or mailed to:
Office of Economic Opportunity
Attention: Legal Counsel
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 355
Columbia, South Carolina 29201