Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program

LIHWAP stands for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program. It is a federally funded program that offers a one-time payment, up to a maximum of $15,000, to help you pay your current or past-due water and/or wastewater bills that accrued during any timeframe.

Visit the Sterling Natural Resource Center at any of the dates below to receive additional information and apply for this program. 

Sterling Natural Resource Center
25318 5th Street
Highland, CA 92503


  • August 15 and 16 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • August 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • August 25 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
  • August 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • August 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Who Qualifies?

  • Your household may qualify if your total household gross income is at or below 60% of the State Median Income or a household member is a current recipient of CalFresh or CalWORKs.
  • You receive service from a participating community water system or wastewater treatment provider (private wells and septic excluded). Please check the list of participating providers.
  • If household is TANF or TAD approved, then house is automatically approved for LIHWAP.

Renters may also qualify if your water and/or wastewater bill is included in your rental payment, and you are past due on rent. The application will require an additional step: you must complete an agreement with your landlord to apply the benefit amount.


More Information
To learn more about the program, please visit www.capsbc.org/lihwap