The state wants to make sure that all residents have access to water during the pandemic.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is giving out financial assistance to families who need it for plumbing repairs through the end of 2020 - it's called the MDHHS Water Repair Assistance Program and assistance is available from now until December 30th.

The Water Repair Assistance Program provides a variety of water repairs from interior and exterior plumbing work, including well and septic repairs for rural households.

The program's goal is to make sure that all low-income households have "hot and cold water, at least one working toilet, a shower, a kitchen faucet and a laundry tub. Interior, exterior, well and septic plumbing work," according to ABC 12 News.

“At MDHHS we are doing what we can to keep people safe during the pandemic and make sure income limitations – some of which are the result of COVID-19 – don’t prevent them from protecting their families,” said Lewis Roubal, the senior deputy director of opportunity for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Benefits of this program will remain long after COVID-19 by providing eligible households sustained access to water that everyone deserves.”

If you need access to clean water or plumbing repairs through the program, you can find your local community action agency by clicking on the map HERE.

Funding for this program comes from the coronavirus relief dollars that were given to Michigan to help us get through the pandemic.

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