Water Bill Assistance

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Get Help Paying your Water and/or wastewater Bills

HRDC administers Montana’s temporary Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), which provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay their water and wastewater bills. Eligibility is based on the household’s gross income and resources.

LIHWAP is a temporary program which provides year round water and wastewater bill assistance. LIHWAP helps to reduce arrearages, prevent shutoffs, and reduce monthly rates. 

This program is slated to operate from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2023 or until funds have been expended.

Eligibility is based on the household’s income and resource limits. Homeowner and renter households may apply. To qualify for LIHWAP assistance, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be responsible for paying water and/or wastewater (sewer) bills.

  • Have an active water and/or wastewater account or have an obligation to pay through a rental agreement.

You can apply for assistance through a process coordinated with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications are available at HRDC Offices or online here (link same as LIHEAP). 

LIHWAP payments will be made directly to the water vendor. However, if the water is included in the household’s rent payment, the payment may be paid directly to the household.

Contact Information

Energy Programs Staff
p: 406.587.4486
f: 406.585.3538

State Assistance

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
p: 833.317.1080

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Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

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