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New program helps Reading residents pay overdue water and sewer bills

Reading residents who have fallen behind on their water bills may be eligible for a state grant program rolled out this month.

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program is a temporary emergency program aimed at helping low-income families pay overdue water and sewer bills.

Grants are available to eligible city and other Reading Area Water Authority customers who meet the income guidelines found on the state Department of Human Services website.

“We are really trying to get the word out,” Suzanne M. Ruotolo, RAWA administrator, said.

Ruotolo said the new program replaces short-term water-assistance programs aimed at pandemic relief and former city hardship programs.

One-time crisis grants are available for home owners and tenants who pay their own water and sewer bills and have lost or are in jeopardy of losing service due to past-due bills.

Qualifying households are limited to one grant for water service and one for wastewater service.

Grants up to $2,500 each are available.

By relieving some of the burden placed by past due accounts, the program helps keep rates down and benefits all RAWA customers, said William Murray, executive director of RAWA.

Visit the DHS website to apply.

Source: Berkshire mont

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