Program to Help Benton Harbor Residents With Water Bills

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — State officials announced a pilot program aimed at helping eligible residents of a Michigan city where there’s been a lead crisis pay water and wastewater bills.

The federally-funded program is designed to help households that have had water disconnected or are facing disconnection pay to have it restored. That includes other potential related costs including trash, cable and internet, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services and Benton Harbor.

“Access to safe drinking water is fundamental to the health and well-being of all people,” the state agency’s director, Elizabeth Hertel, said in a news release. “The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program will provide critical emergency support to qualified Benton Harbor residents, so they are not forced to choose between paying for water services and other necessities.”

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