Rate assistance program is for qualified customers

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Low income customers of Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) will now have the opportunity to receive assistance on their water bill. EVMWD is accepting applications for the Rate Assistance for Residents of Elsinore Valley (RARE) program from qualified individuals and families.

At a recent board meeting, the EVMWD board of directors approved the RARE program for its customers who face financial challenges in paying their water bill. The funds for the program were made available through an existing lease between EVMWD and cell phone companies with towers located on district property. EVMWD will receive up to $350,000 this year to fund the program for qualified customers.

“We believe the best way to spend this additional non-rate money is to assist our low income customers with a break on their bill,” says Phil Williams, president of the EVMWD board of directors, “We hope that it will bring some relief to those who struggle financially while doing their best to conserve water.”

The RARE program requires that applicants meet the existing guidelines of the Southern California Edison or Southern California Gas CARE programs. Customers must also use less than 5 billing units (ccf) a month. Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis for those who qualify. Qualified customers who meet the program requirements will need to reapply annually for the program. Complete information is available at www.evmwd.com/RAREprogram.

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