New program helps people who can’t afford water bills

You can donate and give the gift of water to those in need

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – As many continue to struggle financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami-Dade County is launching a new program to help those who can’t afford to pay their water bills.

It’s called WASD Cares, in reference to the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, and allows people to donate money that will give the gift of water to their neighbors.

The program hopes to collect $1 million to help support families who need it most.

As funds become available, residents will be able to apply to receive that financial assistance.

For more information on how to donate to the program, click here.

“On an annual basis somewhere between 3-4% of our customers fall behind on their bill,” said Josenrique Cueto, interim director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. “So the intent is helping those in need. Water is a basic service. Water is incredibly important. Indispensable. And this program is intended to keep the water on for those in our community that most need.”

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