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More help for low-income earners to cover water bills

Halifax Water and the Salvation Army announcing new upgrades to its "Help 2 Others" fund this week.
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Halifax Water and the Salvation Army announcing new upgrades to its "Help 2 Others" (H2O) fund this week.

More money will be available to residents who need help paying their water bills. 

The program was originally launched in 2011 in partnership with the Salvation Army as an assistance fund that can be used by the utility's residential customers who are having a hard time paying their bills.

Halifax Water spokesperson James Campbell says they have made enhancements to the program.

"Previously the fund had an allotment of $250 dollars for every 24-month period, and we've upped that to $275," said Campbell. "The previous income threshold for a single-income home was $18,000, we've bumped that up to $21,000."

The threshold for family household income has increased to $39,000. 

Campbell says in order to qualify for the program, the household must be low income and in an emergency situation, their account must be active and the household must not have received H2O fund assistance within the last 24 months.


Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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