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Payment Assistance Programs

Overview

Assistance Programs

This page offers several options that EMWD customers can use to request assistance in paying their bill. To see which option is best for you, you may call the EMWD Customer Service department. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 1-800-426-3693.  

 All bill payments are subject to EMWD Billing Policies.

We understand the financial hardships that our customers may experience as a result of COVID-19 and are committed to working in partnership with our customers throughout this process.  

​While the Governor’s order suspended shut offs and expired on December 31, 2021, it doesn’t forgive outstanding balances. 

EMWD wants to prevent customers from having unreasonable balances and avoid shut offs. Water service shut off due to non-payment resumed on March 21, 2022. 

  • Delinquent account balances will be collected on property tax rolls
  • EMWD temporarily suspended late fee assessments in response to COVID-19 financial impacts to customers. Late fee collections on outstanding balances resumed on September 1, 2021. ​
  • Late Fee Customer FAQs

Payment Extension

Find out how you can extend your payment due date to avoid having your water shut off.

If you need more time to pay your water bill, don’t wait to let EMWD know. Failure to pay your water bill on time can result in your water being shut off, which can lead to reconnection fees and deposits.

Schedule a payment arrangement using EMWD’s My Account portal. Log in or Register, then go to View and Pay My Bill and choose Payment Extension.

Note: You will need your most recent water bill to register. Only accounts in good standing will be provided the option to request a payment extension.

Budget Billing (Level Pay Plan) 

Enables customers to pay their EMWD bills in equal monthly payments

EMWD’s Budget Billing provides customers the peace of mind of fixed monthly payments.

The customer’s anticipated bills for the next year are apportioned equally over eleven (11) monthly payments, providing one set amount to be paid each month regardless of the actual charges incurred during that month.

The twelfth month of the Budget Billing cycle is a settlement month. No normal Level Payment is due during that month. At that time, the difference between the Budget Billing amounts paid and the actual bill amounts is resolved by applying a credit to the customer’s account or billing the customer the amount of the difference for the year. The Budget Billing cycle then starts again in the following month.

To quality for the Budget Billing, customer must meet the following criteria.

  • Customer is billed for water and/or sewer service(s) directly by EMWD.
  • Customer does not have an outstanding balance due on his/her account when the first bill is issued.
  • Customer has a record of at least six (6) months of water usage within the past year.

Enroll in the Budget Billing Program by contacting EMWD’s Customer Service department at 1-800-426-3693.

Note: You will need your most recent water bill or account number to enroll.

EMWD Assist

EMWD Assist provides low-income customers, who have a signed medical certificate from their primary care provider, with extended payment amortization options to help them avoid discontinuation of residential water service.

click here to see if you qualify

Help2Others Payment Assistance Program

In partnership with the United Way, EMWD is providing assistance to low-income customers through its Help2Others Customer Assistance Program. This program has increased funding to $200 per qualifying customer.

See program qualifications: Help2Others

City of Perris Utility Assistance Program

For City of Perris residents only.
For more information, please visit the City of Perris website at https://www.cityofperris.org/our-city/community-info/covid-19-response

United Lift 2021 Rental Assistance Program 

For renters and landlords in Riverside County.
Funds may be applied for utility bills. More information on eligibility guidelines and the application portal can be found at www.unitedlift.org

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments. More information on eligibility guidelines and the application process can be found at www.housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

The LIHWAP is a temporary emergency program to help low-income families with assistance on past due water and sewer bills – up to $2,000. LIHWAP is a grant. You do not have to repay it. 

LIHWAP drinking water and wastewater benefits are scheduled to be available in June 2022. More information on eligibility guidelines can be found on the LIHWAP Program Flyer and the application process can be found at www.csd.ca.gov/waterbill 

LIHWAP Program Flyer

Billing Questions or Problems?

Get it resolved quickly by submitting your Billing and Account Management questions.

You can also review Billing FAQs.

Need additional assistance? 

The Customer Service department is available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at 1-800-426-3693.