EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and utility representatives announced details on a new assistance program for Evansville water customers facing rate increases.

Through $4 million in American Rescue Plan funding, Mayor Winnecke announced the assistance program for eligible customers. To qualify, customers must fall within certain income requirements.

EWSU officials estimate nearly 40,000 of their nearly 63.000 customers will qualify for financial assistance stating that an estimated 25% of Evansville’s population sits on the poverty line. With rates expected to increase by just over $2, funding will be in the form of a $3 credit to offset the higher rates, or $36 per year for eligible customers.