Donation program helps San Diegans pay their water bills

Have you heard about H2O SD?

The ‘Help to Others’ campaign is a bill payment assistance program for qualified low-income water customers in the City of San Diego. The program is funded exclusively through tax-deductible donations, to help struggling San Diegans keep their water running.

City employee Wilson Kennedy helped launch the program, which has committed to helping at least 1,500 families in the first three years. Kennedy’s goal is to make sure nobody in San Diego is left without drinking water because they can’t pay the bill.

The mission of H2O SD hits close to home for Kennedy. Raised by a single mother, his family relied on assistance programs to help them afford basic needs.

“The H2O SD program is the first of its kind in San Diego County and we are honored to be leading the way with citizens helping each other,” said Kennedy, who works in the City’s Public Utilities Department.

In June 2017, City of San Diego corporate partner Service Line Warranties of America made a $150,000 donation to kick off the fundraising campaign. H2O SD also partnered with The San Diego Foundation to establish a simple online donation system.

The City is working with 2-1-1 to determine eligibility. For more information, visit the H2O SD program website.