Sometimes customers face circumstances that stretch their financial resources. California American Water is here to assist. Our customer service representatives will work with you on a plan to pay the balance of your bill over time. You may also be qualified to receive assistance through our Customer Assistance Program.

Payment Arrangements

If you cannot pay your water or wastewater bill by the due date, please contact our customer service center immediately, before the due date. Our customer service representatives are available at 888-237-1333. They will work with you on a plan to pay the balance of your bill over time.

These payment arrangements may require you to:

  • Pay at least 25 percent of your bill within 48 hours of your call
  • Pay the rest of the bill, including any applicable late payment charge, according to an agreed upon schedule, not to exceed 12 months
  • Pay all future bills as they become due
  • Only customers who have not broken similar agreements in the past twelve months are eligible to make these payment arrangements

Customer Assistance Program 

At California American Water, we believe fresh, clean water is a resource that should be made available to everyone. That’s why we developed our Customers Assistance Program to provide assistance to families undergoing financial hardship.

With this program, eligible water and wastewater customers can apply for a monthly discount on their charges. If your household meets the necessary requirements, assistance will be provided in the form of a monthly discount on your water or wastewater charges.
To qualify for Customer Assistance Program

  • You must be an individually metered or flat-rate residential customer.
  • The California American Water Bill must be in your name.
  • You may not be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.
  • You must reapply each time you change your personal residence.
  • You must renew your application every two years, or sooner, if requested.
  • California American Water must be notified within 30 days if you become ineligible for the Customers Assistance Program.

To apply to the Customers Assistance Program, please complete this application and mail it to the address listed at the top of the application.

For further information about the Customers Assistance Program or your California American Water service, please call us at 888-237-1333.

Monterey’s Hardship Benefit Program

California American Water is here to help our customers who are having trouble paying their water bills. The Hardship Benefit Program – in partnership with United Way Monterey County (UWMC) – helps qualifying customers facing financial hardship cover an outstanding balance on their water bill. We know water is essential to daily life and health, and serving you is our number one priority. California American Water is dedicated to assisting our customers any way we can.

Who Qualifies?

California American Water customers who have either:

  • An outstanding balance on their water bill, or
  • Received a 3-day notice of water shut-off.

Contact our Customer Service Center at (888) 237-1333 to find out if you are eligible for the following:

  • An individualized payment plan.
  • Our Customer Assistance Program, which provides a monthly discount on your water bill.
  • The Hardship Benefit Program, which provides financial relief for an outstanding balance on your water bill, upon approval by UWMC.

Additional details about the Hardship Benefit Program

  • Assistance from the Hardship Benefit Program can be granted only once per 12-month period.
  • Customers already enrolled in the Customer Assistance Program may also apply for the Hardship Benefit Program.
  • Customers facing temporary financial hardship may apply for the Hardship Benefit Program even if they are not enrolled in the Customer Assistance Program.
  • Eligibility for the Hardship Benefit Program is determined by UWMC.