The City of Buffalo Water Department program that was created to help people who had past-due water bills or whose water had been turned off due to non-payment was originally scheduled to end at the end of June, but thanks to some additional help from the Federal Government the program will continue.

According to reporting by WKBW-TV, the program known as the Water Amnesty Program is able to continue thanks to an infusion of money from the American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress earlier this year and signed by President Biden.

The City of Buffalo, which is due to receive more than $300 Million from the American Rescue Plan, is using approximately $13 Million to continue this program that allows people who had their water shut off due to non-payment to have their water services restored. Residents can also apply for a payment plan to help them repay past due balances. That payment plan waives interest and penalty fees and can be extended to 12 months.

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Applying for assistance is easy. If your service has been turned off, all you need to do to have it restored is call Buffalo Water at 716-847-1065. To apply for a payment plan is also just as easy, you can complete the application right here on the Buffalo Water website.

To apply for service restoration or a payment plan, you will need to submit some documents. That documents include proof of any income and proof that you own the property within the City of Buffalo, or a lease if you are a renter. If you qualify for any public benefits like SNAP, HEAP, SSI, or Public Assistance, you will be automatically approved. If you are 65 or older, or disabled, you may also be eligible for additional assistance.

More than 1,000 Buffalo residents have been approved for assistance, so if you need help with your water bill now is the perfect time to apply.

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