State urges low-income households to apply for water services program

Program helps families lacking water access
Posted at 4:31 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 16:58:05-04

LANSING (WXYZ) — State health officials are urging Michigan's low-income families to apply for the MDHHS Water Repair Assistance Program during the pandemic.

The program helps families gain access to water for things such as washing and disinfecting surfaces, or even plumbing repairs amid the pandemic.

The program is made possible through Michigan's Coronavirus Relief Funding. It will provide water repairs for interior and exterior plumbing work, including well and septic repairs for rural households.

“At MDHHS we are doing what we can to keep people safe during the pandemic and make sure income limitations – some of which are the result of COVID-19 – don’t prevent them from protecting their families,” said Lewis Roubal, senior deputy director of opportunity for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which houses the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity that oversees community action agencies. “Benefits of this program will remain long after COVID-19 by providing eligible households sustained access to water that everyone deserves.”

Funding from the program is available now until Wednesday, Dec. 30.

MDHHS is also asking local certified plumbers that can take on extra work to contact the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity at

For more information on how to join the program, contact your local Community Action Agency here.

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