March 17, 2020 – March 16, 2021: no water shutoffs, late fees waived and processing fees (Paymentus phone and online credit card payments) will be absorbed by DWA.
Those affected by the COVID-19 emergency can get assistance through Help2Others or the CAP CARES program to distribute CARES Act funding.
For Help2Others, fill out the webform linked below.
For the CARES Act funding, please complete the linked application and then it with a copy of your water bill and ID email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Desert Water Agency worked with United Way of the Desert (UWD) to establish a fund specifically to help low-income customers pay their water bills, Help2Others or H2O. Desert Water Agency and its employees make thousands of dollars in contributions to this fund (also supported by DWA vendors), and to UWD to help fill other needs in our community. UWD may also be able to refer you to a variety of community organizations or programs to help with your other expenses. Call (760) 323-2731 extension 105 or visit their page to apply online. People are also welcome to donate to Help2Others through United Way of the Desert.
- For Southern California Edison customers in Palm Springs, there is a once-annual utility assistance program that can be accessed through Salvation Army at (760) 324-2275 or through Catholic Charities at (760) 342-0157.
- There is also Solutions for Seniors program with Jewish Family Services. The seniors do not need to be Jewish (or any religion) to benefit from the service and JFS is able to do a complete evaluation of the senior’s finances and needs to see what programs they qualify for. Often times, seniors qualify without realizing what is available to them. (760) 325-4088
- Another need of seniors and others in need is food. FIND Food Bank is the very best resource for food distribution, and they keep a current list of all the food pantries in the area. United Way funding helps significantly with this resource. (760) 775-3663
- There is also 211- which is similar to 411, but it is for social services information. Anyone can dial 211 from a landline or a cell line and get accurate information on human and health care services in Riverside County.
- If you’re 60 years old or greater and have tried the resources above without luck, Riverside County’s Office on Aging may be able to help pay your utility bill. (951) 867-3800
We also encourage all customers to make sure they are using water efficiently. This will save water and money. Checking your home and yard regularly for leaks will help you avoid high bills. You may also want to take advantage of a water-saving rebate through DWA. Call 760-323-4971 x 183 or visit www.dwa.org/rebates for more information.