Residential Drainage Rebate Program Has Added Funding

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The City of Thunder Bay has approved additional funding to continue the Residential Drainage Rebate Program in 2018.

The rebate is being offered by the City of Thunder Bay for installing flood prevention measures and drainage improvements such as storm sewer connections, sump pumps, and sewer backwater prevention valves. Homeowners who want to take advantage of the Residential Drainage Rebate Program will have until November 30, 2018, to submit their applications for improvements to household drainage completed since January 2013. EcoSuperior is delivering the program that has made significant improvements to household drainage in Thunder Bay.

Rebates are available for 50% of the invoiced costs up to $1750 for the installation of a sewage backflow prevention valve, 50% of the invoiced costs up to $1500 for sump pump/leaching pit installation, $500 for disconnection of the weeping tile system from the City of Thunder Bay sanitary sewer. New for 2018, rebates are available for 50% of the invoiced costs up to $1500 for a new connection to the city storm sewer where foundation drainage is being redirected from the sanitary sewer. Residences, not-for-profit organizations, and churches within the City of Thunder Bay are eligible for the rebate provided all taxes and water bills are up-to-date. Additional funding is available for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

“About 610 applications have been processed since the program began, with the average rebate being approximately $1350,” says Jamie Saunders, Drainage Rebate Coordinator for EcoSuperior. “The total value of rebate applications processed to date is slightly over $800,000.

“It’s a very easy application process,” says Saunders. “Just fill out the application form, send it to us along with a copy of the associated receipts, plumbing permit, and inspection report. We will schedule a home visit to confirm the work, then process the rebate provided the paperwork is in order.”

Application forms are available at EcoSuperior (562 Red River Road at Hill Street) as well as at the City’s Building Services Division office, 2nd Floor, Victoriaville Civic Centre, or can be downloaded at www.ecosuperior.org.