Low Income Housing Water Assistance Program

Low Income Housing Water Assistance Program or LIHWAP provides emergency assistance to low-income households who are disconnected or are in imminent threat of disconnection.

LIHWAP provides water assistance to households in Washington through the same network of community action agencies and local partners that provide the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). These local organizations will help you determine if you're eligible and how much assistance you might receive. If you qualify, your local agency will send a payment directly to your water utility on behalf of your household.

To apply for water assistance, you must schedule an appointment with the organization that offers services in your area.

  • Byrd Barr for Seattle Residents (206) 486‐6828 or schedule online at byrdbarrplace.org
  • HopeLink for North and East King County Residents (425) 658‐2592 or schedule online at hopelink.org/energy
  • SKC Multi Service Center for South King County Residents (253) 517‐2263 or schedule online at mschelps.org

Pledge total: SPU Pledge up to $2500 (water & sewer only) a year.


  1. Household income does not exceed 150% Federal Poverty Level
  2. Based on the number of people in your home, your household income should be at or below the amount listed in the chart shown below:

    Household Size Gross Monthly Household Income
    1 Person in Household $1,699
    2 People in Household $2,289
    3 People in Household $2,879
    4 People in Household $3,469
    5 People in Household $4,059
    6 People in Household $4,649
    Each Additional $568


Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.