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Province and City of Winnipeg Sump Pump & Backwater Valve Program

The two levels of government are offering a subsidy to reduce the cost of purchasing and installing sump pumps and backwater valves to protect homes from sewer backup in the event of a spring flood. The subsidy program will pay up to 60 per cent of the cost of installing a sewer/drainage backup system to a maximum of $3,000 per household (up to $1,000 toward the installation of an approved in-line backwater valve and up to $2,000 toward the installation of a sump pump and pit drainage system).

The city said the program is geared towards older homes since backwater valves were required in new construction as of 1979, while sumps pumps became mandatory in new construction as of 1990.

The City of Winnipeg has released the subsidy requirements. Here is a brief overview:

  • Current owner of a residential building (single family home, duplex, multi-family) serviced by a City of Winnipeg wastewater sewer at the time of the eligible installation.
  • Have installed an in-line backwater valve approved by the Manitoba Plumbing Code and/or a sump pit drainage system with a final inspection date on or after May 1, 2010.
  • Hire a plumbing contractor currently licensed by the City of Winnipeg to perform the eligible installation.
  • Ensure that appropriate permits are obtained from the Planning, Property and Development Department, and arrange for the necessary inspection of the eligible installation. The in-line backwater valve or sump pit drainage system must be installed to function as designed.

Click here to view the entire criteria list at the City of Winnipeg’s website.

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