The city is reminding residents there is substantial money available to help them prevent damage from sewer backup.
Close to $170,000 is available through the 2012 Provincial-Municipal Sewer Backup Subsidy Program, the city said in a release Tuesday.
Cost-shared between the city and the province, the program provides subsidy funding for all property owners within city limits who wish to install systems to aid in the prevention of future sewer backups.
Applicants have the choice of installing either a sump pump and pit or a backwater valve — or both — in their home or business as a preventative measure against sewer backup problems.
Subsidy funding is available for up to 60 per cent of the total materials and installation cost, up to a maximum of $2,000 for the sump pump and pit and up to a maximum of $1,000 for the backwater valve.
Work must be completed by a licensed plumber in order to qualify for funding and cannot be performed prior to making application for subsidy funding.
Property owners are encouraged to take advantage of the cost-sharing program as a proactive means of protecting their homes or businesses from the expensive damage that can be caused by sewer backup.
More information on how to qualify for funding through the program can be obtained by calling the City of Brandon Planning and Building Safety Department at 204-729-2110.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 3, 2012