Bexar County launched a free plumbing repair program Friday for eligible residents after a winter storm damaged thousands of pipes. Residents of 26 suburban communities and unincorporated areas in the county who earn 80% or less of the average median income are eligible. About 500,000 people live in these regions.
Residents within the San Antonio city limits are not eligible.
Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores spearheaded the program after seeing many voters during the winter storm who were unable to afford a repair or find a plumber.
“During this week’s chaos, I reached out to Judge (Nelson Wolff) to start an initiative to help our communities affected by burst pipes,” Clay-Flores said.
“Along with my fellow tribunal members, we last week authorized $5 million for a plumbing assistance program to help in this critical time of need.”
The county will send a plumber to a home to make repairs free of charge. Learn more about the “I need a plumber” program on bexar.org/pipes.
Residents without internet access can call 210-631-6000 to apply. The county previously launched a reimbursement program for eligible residents who have already paid for plumbing repairs. Residents can learn more on the same website or call 210-631-5000 to apply.
The mayors of Converse, Leon Valley and Sandy Oaks were at the press conference to thank county commissioners for their assistance and told reporters that many residents were dealing with broken pipes two weeks after the storm.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the county distributed more than 40,000 cases of bottled water from its distribution sites. The city and San Antonio Water System have closed their mass distribution sites, but will continue to deliver bottled water to homebound seniors and apartment complexes without clean water until March 6. .
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