Water Customer Assistance

New Grants Available! Pennsylvania is offering one-time grants to eligible PWD customers. Get up to $5000 for unpaid water bills. Learn more & apply

We use a single application for all water bill assistance programs, including the Senior Citizen Discount and the Tiered Assistance Program (TAP). If your income is too high for those programs, a Special Hardship can make you eligible for TAP. Customers in TAP can work toward Debt Forgiveness.

Payment agreements can also help make your bill more manageable.

Fill out one application, and we’ll let you know which program offers the lowest bill.

If you have experienced job loss or difficulty paying your bills as a result of COVID‑19, please apply for customer assistance.


You will need the following to apply. Do not send originals.

  • 1. Water Access Code (found on your bill)  
    ? example of water bill
    You will need the 9-digit number in the upper right of any recent water bill (click the question mark for the example)
  • 2. Two Proofs of Residency: Include TWO different items from the following list:
    • Current government issued ID with current address (driver’s license or ID card)
    • Current rental agreement, or agreement for sale for the dwelling unit.
    • 2 recent utility bills (must show service and mailing addresses, and be dated in the last 6 months), tax bill, or other tax record.
    • Lease, rent book, or money order receipts that show your address.
  • 3. Proof of income for everyone in the household over age 18: For each person in your household (age 18 or older), please gather proof of all income using the following list of acceptable documents:
    • Prior year’s federal income tax return (you’ll just need the page that shown name gross income.)
    • Pay stubs (must be consecutive and cover at least 30 days)
    • Benefit award letter or statement, such as: Unemployment compensation printout, Workers’ comensation award, Social Security letter, Pension letter, or Welfare benefits statement.
    • Income support statement – For example, if you receive Child Support, we’ll ask for some proof of the current amount and source, such as: A letter from childsupport.pa.gov (you will need to login to the site), or Fill out the page of the application called “Attachment A: Income Support Documentation”
  • 4. If you are applying with a Special Hardship claim, you’ll need to submit some form of hardship documentation:
    • Termination letter to prove job loss
    • Hospital admission or discharge documents to prove serious illness 
    • Birth or adoption certificate to show household size increase 
    • Death certificate to prove the death of main income earner 
    • Safe harbor documents to show shelter admission due to abuse
    • Copies of most recent bills, including utilities, medical, or childcare to show high household expenses or medical bills.