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Have a busted pipe? This fund might pay for the repair

The fund is being set up for SAWS customers. It's called the Community Pipe Repair (CPR) fund. Go to SAWS.org/CPR for more information and to see if you qualify.

SAN ANTONIO — UPDATE: Applications are being accepted as of Wednesday, February 24. Customers can apply for the CPR program online. They can also get help filing an application by calling (210) 233-FIXX (3499) or by emailing to CPR-SA@saws.org. Spanish language assistance is available by phone or email.

If you are dealing with a busted pipe because of last week's severe winter weather, you might be able to get it paid for. A new fund is being set up for San Antonio Water System customers.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced SAWS’ Community Pipe Repair Fund on Monday. He said it's to help vulnerable San Antonians who suffered plumbing damage.

“The winter storm has passed, but the recovery is in its early stages,” said Mayor Nirenberg. “Many of our friends and neighbors have immediate needs that they can’t afford to address, yet they can’t afford not to address them.” 

The CPR fund will pay for emergency water pipe repair in SAWS residential customers’ homes. Its hosted by the San Antonio Area Foundation, and the repair program will be administered by SAWS until all funds are exhausted.

So far, the fund has had two big contributions from Spurs Give and Wells Fargo.

“The Spurs have committed $250,000 to the fund and Wells Fargo has agreed to contribute $25,000 – enabling us to launch with $275,000 in the CPR fund,” Nirenberg said.

The program will prioritize emergency pipe repair that "risks causing harm to the life, health or safety of the occupants."

There will be certain eligibility requirements, which will be shared later this week.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the CPR relief fund or learn more about it, click here.

“While we have some more funds to raise, we will be ready to begin supporting residents who need this program relatively soon, thanks to the generosity of some amazing neighbors," Nirenberg said.