Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

Qualifying for Assistance

MSD offers a 50 percent rate reduction to qualified low-income, elderly, and disabled customers.

To qualify for the low-income assistance program:

  • A customer's total annual income for the previous year must be less than 150% of the most recent Health & Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines, based on the size of household. A family of four, for example, must earn less than $33,525 to qualify.
  • Disabled citizens and seniors must earn less than 175% of the most recent HHS poverty guidelines, based on size of household. For example, a single senior must earn less than $19,058 to qualify.
  • The table below provides further details.

To qualify, a customer must also:

  • Have liquid assets and real estate valued at less than $3,000, excluding their residence. Homeowners who are older than 62 or disabled individuals are not subject to the liquid asset guideline.
  • Own and/or reside as a tenant in the property that receives the rate reduction.
  • Own or live in a single-family residence or multi-unit property up to six units.

To Apply

  • Complete an application form and submit it to MSD along with:

    • Proof of all income sources for all persons living in your home. If you are self-employed, you will need to provide a copy of your most recent federal tax return.
    • Proof of the amount(s) of any liquid assets or real estate, excluding your house of residence.
    • Medical certification (if disabled), completed by a physician. The certification must include the physician's name, address, telephone number, and ID/control number.
    • Proof of age by submitting a copy of a valid government-issued identification (driver's license, state, or military ID).
    • Copy of rental/lease agreement that states your responsibility for MSD sewer charges (for tenants only).
    • Property owner's notarized statement of tenant residence at the property (for tenants only).
  • Once an application is approved, rate reductions begin on the first full month following approval. The rate reduction remains in effect for a period of one year from the date of approval. A renewal application will automatically be sent 60 days prior to expiration date to all applicable customers.
  • New applicants with a prior past due balance will need to make payment arrangements with MSD to qualify for the low-income assistance program.

For more information,
please call 1-866-281-5735.

The 2014 Poverty Guidelines
Persons in family Annual Income Annual Income @ 150% Annual Income @ 175%
1 $11,670 $17,505 $20,423
2 $15,730 $23,595 $27,528
3 $19,790 $29,685 $34,633
4 $23,850 $35,775 $41,738
5 $27,910 $41,865 $48,843
6 $31,970 $47,955 $55,948
7 $36,030 $54,045 $63,053
8 $40,090 $60,135 $70,158
For each additional person, add $4,060 $6,090 $7,105