Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA)

You may also apply for LIRA by completing the appropriate application below, signing it, and mailing it to California Water Service, Attn: Customer Service Department, 1720 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112. Alternately, you may scan the completed application and e-mail it to lira@calwater.com. After your application is received, you may be asked to provide proof of income.

LIRA offers a service-charge discount to qualifying low-income customers.

To qualify for LIRA:

  • The Cal Water bill must be in your name.
  • You must live at the address where the discount will be received.
  • Your household must meet the income guidelines detailed below OR someone in your household must be enrolled in a qualified public assistance program.
  • You must notify Cal Water if your household no longer qualifies for the LIRA discount.
  • Following enrollment, you may be required to provide proof of eligibility.
  • You are required to recertify your eligibility every two years (four years if you have documentation proving you are handicapped or elderly [62+]).

Maximum Household Income (effective June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020)

To be eligible for LIRA based on household income, your household’s gross annual income may not exceed these guidelines:

Household Size1-2345678
Total Combined Annual Income$34,480$43,440$52,400$61,360$70,320$79,280$88,240

(Add $8,960 for each additional household member)

Current Cal Water customers living in a single-family residence may apply for LIRA electronically using the form below.

The LIRA is not retroactive. If you qualify, you will receive a discount beginning the month after Cal Water received your application. If you prefer not to mail or e-mail your application, you may bring it to your local Customer Center.

If you have questions about LIRA, please e-mail lira@calwater.com or call toll-free (877) 419-1701.


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