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Millions still available to help low-income San Diegans with water bills (

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A fund to help San Diego County residents pay their water bills still has $2.5 million sitting unclaimed. According to leadership of the nonprofit Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty, or MAAC, which manages the fund, many people may not realize they qualify for assistance.

“We don’t want to leave money on the table when there are people that absolutely need these funds right now,” said Arnulfo Manriquez, MAAC’s president, who oversees the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program.

The one-time payment of up to $2,000 can be used toward water or wastewater bills, whether past due or current, and associated fees. It’s available to recipients of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, CalWorks or CalFresh, or people who earn below a set income.

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Residents can visit MAAC’s website to see if they meet the requirements and to apply, or contact 619-349-0123 or

Translators will be made available if needed, and the organization can connect callers to other community resources as well, Manriquez said.

Residents in zip codes not listed on MAAC's website might be eligible for the funds through Campesinos Unidos, which provides funds to residents of Oceanside, La Mesa, and parts of the city of San Diego. Visit their website or call 619-391-9790 for assistance. Imperial County residents should call 760-344-4500.


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