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September 21, 2010

City of Houston Seeks Support for W.A.T.E.R. Fund
Initiative assists low income senior citizens with their water bills

Are you aware that the City of Houston's Department of Public Works and Engineering offers a program that assists low income senior citizens with their water bills?

The W.A.T.E.R. Fund (Water Aid to Elderly Residents) provides financial assistance to many of Houston's low income senior citizens (60+) who are residential utility customers of the City of Houston, living in a single family dwelling and needing assistance with their water bill. Limited assistance is also available to disabled and other low income customers.

The W.A.T.E.R Fund, which is solely funded by citizen contributions, is running drastically low due to the increase in requests for assistance. If every water customer contributed just $1, it would make a dramatic difference in the effectiveness of the program.

Contributions to the W.A.T.E.R. Fund can be made by checking the box on your water bill stub and including an extra dollar with the payment. Larger donations can be made by following this link http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov/resource/waterfund.html and completing the W.A.T.E.R Fund pledge form. Donations can also be made online at www.houstonwaterbills.org whether the donor has a water account or not. Simply select W.A.T.E.R. Fund Donation in the left hand column.

For additional information, contact the Department of Public Works and Engineering, Utility Customer Service Branch at Customer.Service@houstontx.gov.