Brandon will offer its residents a subsidy program to install sump pumps and in-line backwater valves after a partnership was announced by the province on Tuesday.
The city and Manitoba government will split the $120,000 cost of subsidizing the equipment to protect against sewer backup, in anticipation for rising river levels this spring.
The subsidy program, similar to the one announced in January for Winnipeg, will pay up to 60 percent of the cost of installing a sewer/drainage backup system to a maximum of $3,000 per household. Homeowners must hire a licensed plumber to perform the eligible labour, ensure that appropriate permits are obtained and arrange for the necessary inspection of the work.
New home construction will not be eligible as sump pumps and in-line backwater valves are required under the building code.