San Jose Water Receives State Funding to Help Customers Facing COVID Financial Hardship
San Jose Water has received $9.7 million in customer relief funding from the state of California, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act
SAN JOSE, Calif., February 22, 2022 – San Jose Water (“SJW” or “the Company”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SJW Group (NYSE: SJW), announced today that it has received funds from the California Water and Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program (Program), which is administered by the State Water Resources Control Board. Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, the funds are intended to help support customers who experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, and were unable to pay their water bills from March 4, 2020 to June 15, 2021.
In 2021, San Jose Water requested $9.7 million in relief for customers within its service area. The full amount was received in early February 2022. The company will credit customer accounts shortly. Customers who receive arrearage relief will be notified by mail and see the credit reflected on their bills.
“We know that COVID-19 led to a very difficult time for many of our customers — both financially and personally. We are pleased to be able to help those in need,” said Andy Gere, President and COO. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the California Legislature and Governor Newsom in establishing this important program, along with the State Water Resources Control Board for administering it. Our goal remains to support our customers and to assist them through this unprecedented time.”
For customers with past due balances beyond June 15, 2021, San Jose Water offers flexible, interest-free payment plans. The Company also offers a Water Rate Assistance Program (WRAP) which provides a discount to customers that qualify. The Company is here to support its customers and encourages them to contact its Customer Advocates by calling (408) 279-7900 to ensure there is no disruption to water service in the future.
About San Jose Water
Founded in 1866, San Jose Water is an investor owned public utility, and is one of the largest and most technically sophisticated urban water systems in the United States. The company serves over one million people in the greater San Jose metropolitan area. San Jose Water is owned by SJW Group, a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SJW. SJW Group also owns: Connecticut Water Company in Connecticut; Maine Water Company in Maine; and SJWTX, Inc. (dba Canyon Lake Water Service Company) in Texas. To learn more about San Jose Water, visit: sjwater.com.
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