RMWB Reminding Flood-Prone Area Property Owners To Ensure They Have Backwater Valve Ahead Of River Breakup

You’re being reminded to ensure your home has a backwater valve ahead of river breakup.

The RMWB held a townhall on Thursday where they answered questions from the public about how they’re planning to protect downtown, Draper, Ptarmigan, Waterways, Longboat Landing, and Taiga Nova Eco-Industrial Park.

One of the ways they’re doing this is by ensuring all homes have these valves through the sewer backwater prevention program.

During last year’s flood, river water entered the sanitary sewer system through manholes which resulted in many properties being damaged as they didn’t have the valve to prevent their basements from flooding.

The majority of properties made in the 2000’s should already have a valve.

Through the program, those in the flood-prone areas can receive a subsidy of up to $3,000.

After property owners in the six neighbourhoods are supported, residents in other areas can also benefit by getting a reimbursement of up to $1,500.

The municipality is allocating $1 million for the program.

More information, including how to apply for the reimbursement, can be found on the RMWB’s website.

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