On December 9, 2019, the City Council approved a Backflow Prevention Reimbursement Pilot Program. During periods of extreme rainfall and flooding, certain property owners in the City have experienced sanitary sewer backflows in their basements. Such backflows into homes from the public sanitary sewer constitute a public health hazard that should be mitigated to the best extent possible.
A permanent solution to such backflows is to identify and correct all sources of groundwater or surface water, known as Inflow and Infiltration “I&I” from getting into the sanitary sewer system. Another solution is to install backflow preventers in homes so that when I&I does enter the sanitary sewer system, it does not back up into human living space.
The City seeks to mitigate the public health danger resulting from sanitary sewer backflows by assisting homeowners that have experienced sanitary backflows in their basements during flood events to prevent recurrences, through a pilot program in which the City helps pay the cost for installation of a backflow preventer.
Persons are eligible for this Program when:
The following requirements must be met during participation in the program:
The Backflow Prevention Pilot Program provides reimbursement to property owners for up to 50 percent of the actual cost of installing a backflow prevention (“BFP”) device by a licensed plumbing contractor but in no event more than $2,000.00.
Completed applications and questions about the program should be submitted to Andre Prince, DPW Senior Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org.