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Maryland Department of Human Services Encourages Low-Income Households to Tap into Maryland’s New Water Assistance Program

Apr 25, 2022

April 21st, 2022

This week, the Department of Human Services announced it has launched a new program designed to help Marylanders offset the costs of water and wastewater bills. The federally-funded Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) offers eligible households up to $2,000 in assistance, focusing on those Maryland households whose drinking water and wastewater bills are 30 days or more past due.

Administered by the Department’s Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP), the program will help low-income households pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household water system reconnections related to non-payment. Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and will continue until federal funds are exhausted.

Maryland residents can learn more about the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program at the  Department of Human Services website and may apply for assistance safely and conveniently online using the myMDTHINK consumer portal at  mymdthink.maryland.gov.

If applying online isn’t feasible, individuals may request that an application be mailed to them by calling the Department’s  Local Home Energy Program Office. A printable paper application can also be found on the  Department of Human Services’ website.

Depending on income and specific needs, applicants may qualify for the following assistance:

  • Reconnect Household Water/Wastewater Services – If the  household’s water/wastewater services have been disconnected because of past due water bills, grant funds may be available to pay off the balance, including fees to reconnect household water services.
  • Prevent Disconnection of Household Water/Wastewater Services – If the household has received a notice that your water/wastewater services will be disconnected due to a past overdue balance, grant funds may be available to pay all or part of your bill.
  • Reduce Current Household Water/Wastewater Past Due Balance – If the household  is  struggling to afford your current water bills and meet other household needs, the household  may qualify for temporary assistance to pay some or all of your current water bills.

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider, annually reaching more than one million people. Through its 24 local departments of social services, the agency pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Additional information may be found at dhs.maryland.gov.


Notice of Pre-Hearing Conference

Oct 07, 2021

A prehearing conference in the above-entitled matter is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. concerning Maryland Water Service, Inc.’s request for authority to revise and consolidate rates, charges, and tariff provisions for water and sewage disposal services.

At the pre-hearing conference, any preliminary matters, including the consideration of any petitions to intervene and the establishment of a procedural schedule, will be discussed. To participate in the pre-hearing conference, please send an email to psc.pulj@gmail.com by 12:00 Noon on October 26, 2021. For viewing only, the pre- hearing conference will also be livestreamed on the Public Utility Law Judge Division’s YouTube channel, https://bit.ly/2X6wLiP.

Petitions to intervene must be filed by October 25, 2021, and may be filed electronically through Commission’s website at www.psc.state.md.us or sent by first-class mail to the Commission’s Executive Secretary, Andrew S. Johnston, 6 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-6806, referencing Case No. 9671. Pursuant to the Commission's March 13, 2020 Notice of Waiver and Relaxed Filing Requirements, no paper copies need be submitted if the filing is public in nature and no more than 25 pages long.

Full Notice of Pre-Hearing Conference

Notice of Requested Rate Adjustment

Oct 07, 2021
On Thursday, September 30, 2021, Maryland Water Service, Inc. (“MWS”) filed a request with the Maryland Public Service Commission seeking authority to increase its Maryland base distribution rates. MWS also requested approval for the consolidation of its water rates into uniform rate schedules for each customer class across all its water systems. In addition, MWS has proposed standardizing tariff terms and conditions across all such systems. MWS proposed an effective date of October 30, 2021, but the Commission has suspended the proposed rates for a period of 150 days from that date to allow it to conduct proceedings on justness and reasonableness of the proposed rate adjustment. 

Please click here to compare current rates that are in effect.

With Proposed Tariffs you can view here.

For Customers Paying By Mail-In Check: Expect USPS Delays

Oct 06, 2021
Please be aware of recent processing changes from the U.S. Postal Service that may result in longer First Class mail delivery times.

For customers who pay by check, your bill payment may now take a few days longer to post to your account than has been true in the past.

You can confirm that your payment has been credited to your account by visiting MyUtilityConnect at connect.myutility.us where you can also sign up for paperless billing. Thank you.