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Utility discounting water for low-income residents

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's largest water utility is offering a 20 percent discount to qualifying low-income households.

West Virginia American Water says the program is open to residential customers who receive at least one of the following: Supplemental Security Income, WV WORKS, and — for residents 60 or older — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Eligible residents will receive an application in the mail from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources within the next two weeks.

Under the program, the average household using 3,315 gallons of water would see its monthly bill drop from $39.11 to $31.29.

West Virginia American Water serves about 550,000 people.