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Since March 2020, the U.S. Federal government has passed coronavirus relief and stimulus bills that funded various programs. Some of the programs can assist residents or businesses in paying their water or wastewater bills in certain circumstances. The federal coronavirus relief funding thus provide an influx of funds that can provide financial relief to afflicted water and wastewater customers.

These factsheets summarize how the following federal coronavirus relief programs may or are being used at least partially to provide water/wastewater bill payment assistance:

  • From the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed in March 2020:
    • The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments)
    • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV)
    • Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act (ESG-CV)
    • Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
  • From the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed in December 2020:
    • Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program
    • Emergency Rental Assistance Program
  • From the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021, signed in March 2021:
    • Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF)
      • Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund
      • Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

This document will be updated over time as more information becomes available. Latest update: August 12, 2021.


For more reading (Recently Updated): a blog post regarding Updates for Multiple Federal Coronavirus Relief Programs

(Aug 12, 2021)


For more reading (Previous Version): a blog post about Water Bill Payment Assistance in Multiple Federal Coronavirus Relief Programs

(Feb 22, 2021).


Both the February 2021 and August 2021 Fact Sheets are available for download by clicking the links or blue buttons down below.

August Report

                  August 2021

                February 2021


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