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Danbury to take part in Conn. Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

The Connecticut Department of Social Service is offering Danbury to take part in the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program.  The City Council has signed off on participation in the program for residents struggling or behind on their water and sewer bills.  The City can apply for funding to provide up to a thousand dollars to those in need.  The state program is funded with federal dollars and is for qualifying water bill households at or below 60 percent of the state's median income.  In Connecticut, a household with an income of $47,913 or less could qualify since the median income is $79,855. The Community Action Agency of Western Connecticut would be tapped to identify potential qualifying customers.  Under the program priority is given to those who have had their services shut off or about to be shut off.  Tax Collector Scott Ferguson says he's not aware of anyone who has had their services shut off.  City Councilman Ben Chianese noted that his water bill per quarter was about $15 or $16, meaning someone needing $1,000 in relief had been behind for years.

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