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Utilities Kingston customers can get up to $3,000 to help prevent basement flooding
October 15, 2014 -
Homeowners: get up to $3,000 to install sump pumps and backwater sanitary valves, disconnect foundation drains and take other eligible measures. Utilities Kingston still has financial assistance available through the 2014 Preventative Plumbing Program. Customers are encouraged to act today, in time to implement plumbing measures before the end of the calendar year.
This Program helps home owners take measures to better protect their homes from flooding and sewage back-ups – and comply with the City's Sewer Use By-law.
$375,000 in Financial Assistance has helped 304 Homeowners
Since 2012, the program has offered:
- One-on-one consultations and over $375,000 in financial assistance to 304 local home owners.
- Support to install 158 sanitary backwater valves to restrict the directional flow of water and decrease the risk of sewage backup.
- Support to install 192 sump pump systems to remove excess water situated around the foundation of a home.
- The removal of 96 illegal connections to the sanitary sewer to reduce the risk of basement flooding in neighbourhoods.
- Public education about preventative plumbing – including hands-on workshops and web site resources viewed more than 126,000 times.
Know Your "Flood Facts" to Prevent Basement Flooding
If you have a basement, it is at risk of flooding – even if it has never flooded before. Help protect your basement from the risk of flooding during autumn rains:
- Keep eavestroughs, downspouts and catch basins clear of leaves to help rain water run safely away from your home.
- Make sure downspouts are properly connected. In most cases, they should drain over the lawn (in accordance with the City's Sewer Use By-law), at least two metres away from your house. This helps reduce basement flooding in your neighbourhood.
- Pick a rainy day to walk around your property and look for places where water is pooling or even getting into your home.
- Consider a sump pump system to remove excess water (make sure it drains only onto your lawn or into the storm sewer, in accordance with the City's Sewer Use By-law).
Learn 18 Flood Facts to protect your property – and find out how to apply to the Preventative Plumbing Program at www.utilitieskingston.com/floodfacts
Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for the City and Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, extension 3116.
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