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Utilities Kingston offers financial assistance to help prevent basement flooding

March 17, 2014 -

Customers encouraged to take steps to protect their basements and comply with the "Sewer Use By-law"

Utilities Kingston is accepting applications for its 2014 Preventative Plumbing Program for financial assistance of up to $3000.  Find the program guide and application – and learn more about how to help prevent basement flooding and sanitary sewer back-ups in your home and neighbourhood – at

Financial Assistance Offered

Now in its third year, the Preventative Plumbing Program offers up to $3000 in financial assistance to help Utilities Kingston water and wastewater customers pay for eligible work that reduces the likelihood of sanitary sewer back-ups, such as installing a sump pump system or backwater sanitary valve.

By-law Compliance

Utilities Kingston wants to help customers comply with the By-law No. 2008-192, the "Sewer Use By-Law," to correct illegal connections into the sanitary sewer and avoid fines. Apply to the Preventative Plumbing Program for financial assistance today.

"Sump pumps and foundation drains that connect to the sanitary sewer are illegal, and put you and your neighbours' properties at risk," says Jim Keech, President and C.E.O. of Utilities Kingston.  "Take advantage of the Preventative Plumbing Program to correct these illegal connections."

Know your "Flood Facts" to prevent Basement Flooding

The educational resources at the Utilities Kingston website consist of a comprehensive set of pages, starting with 18 "Flood Facts" that explain how to reduce the likelihood of sewage back-ups and basement flooding in your neighbourhood by:

  • Properly installing a sump pump and keeping it operational
  • Maintaining your backwater sanitary valve in accordance with manufacturer directions
  • Reducing your use of water on rainy days
  • Checking your downspouts and making sure water moves well away from your house
  • Having a plumber inspect your sewer lateral every five to 10 years
  • Disposing of fats, oils and greases in your Green Bin and not your drain

New for this year, Utilities Kingston created a video that provides tips to help homeowners prevent a soggy basement disaster.

Hands on Workshops being offered again in 2014

Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 series of Everything Drainage Workshops. Get hands-on demonstrations to protect your property from water issues. Workshops will take place at the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden at 1211 John Counter Boulevard, and dates will be announced. Want to reserve your place? E-mail to join the waiting list (space not guaranteed).


Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, extension 3116.