At a media event at the National Press Club on Monday, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and four other water organizations will urge U.S. Congress to create a permanent federal low-income water assistance program. Tracy Mehan, AWWA’s executive director of Government Affairs, will represent AWWA on a panel at the event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. ET. The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), and Water Environment Federation (WEF) are also participating in the event. The event will be livestreamed here . The water organizations will release formal policy recommendations to Congress and the White House to establish a permanent federal low-income water assistance program. Concurrent with the recommendations, the groups will release a detailed analysis, “Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program (LIWCAP) Assessment Study,” which establishes that water affordability is a significant challenge for 20 million U.S. households and puts the annual need for federal funding to address this challenge as high as $7.9 billion. The document will be available on AWWA’s Affordability Resource page when it is finalized. AWWA’s Thinking Outside the Bill: A Utility Manager’s Guide to Assisting Low-Income Water Customers is a helpful resource for utilities as they navigate affordability questions. (Member only; login required to access). Updated earlier this year, the document shares case studies and resources to help water utilities enhance affordability programs. It follows the premise that to serve the needs of its most vulnerable customers, a utility needs to understand its community’s demographic, social, economic and environmental make-up. AWWA has several other resources available pertaining to affordability, including: AWWA’s Affordability resource page Improving the Evaluation of Household-Level Affordability in SDWA Rulemaking: New Approaches – An expert panel led report, facilitated by AWWA, discussing the ways the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could perform analysis of household-level affordability when making regulatory decisions AWWA’s Policy Statement on Discontinuance of Water Service for Nonpayment Water 2050 Economics Think Tank Report The 2019 Water Utility Manager’s Guide to Community Stewardship provides utilities with strategies and tools to effectively engage underserved communities and apply a social equity lens to water service delivery Questions can be directed to Greg Kail , AWWA director of communications.