GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – The Gwinnett County Water Resources Department has partnered with Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity to provide plumbing and septic repair assistance to Gwinnett residents through the program Water Resources Assistance Program (WRAP).
Local coronavirus fiscal stimulus funds have been awarded to Gwinnett County in the amount of $4 million for home plumbing repairs and septic system conversions and repairs. The county has allocated up to $1 million to Habitat for Humanity in 2022 in partnership with WRAP. Future funds will be allocated to the program on an annual basis. Qualified Gwinnett residents can apply for home plumbing repairs associated with damage caused by leaks, remodeling toilets, faucets and showerheads, and repairing or replacing failing septic systems.
The Environmental Protection Agency notes that an average family can waste 180 gallons per week, or 9,400 gallons per year, from household leaks. In addition, installing water-efficient plumbing fixtures can reduce water consumption by at least 20%. A failing septic tank could also cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs or replacement and lead to environmental issues.
“We are thrilled with the WRAP program and the number of households we will be able to help with funding from this program,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Brent Bohanan. “We have been looking for ways to increase the number of families we can serve in Gwinnett County with home repairs. This program will allow us to increase our impact by 400% over the next five years. It will also allow us to provide much needed plumbing repairs to those in need in our community. »
To qualify, household income cannot exceed 60% of the area’s median income per year, depending on family size. The applicant must also own and reside in the home where the services are needed.
Residents can get more information and find out if they are eligible by visiting GCGA.us/WRAP.