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Province extends sump-pump subsidy program

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IT could save your basement from flooding -- if it's installed correctly.

That was the message from the province Monday as it extended its Municipal Sewer Backup Subsidy Program to help homeowners have sump pumps and sewer backup values properly installed.

Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux said homeowners taking advantage of the popular program need to have the work done by a qualified plumbing company.

"The threat of flooding is become an all-too-frequent reality facing Manitoba families and municipalities," Lemieux said. "That's why the provincial government is helping more families protect their homes."

The program is offered by 22 municipalities, including Winnipeg. This year it's being expanded to Ericksdale and West St. Paul. This is the second year of the program. About 2,300 homeowners in Manitoba have taken advantage of it.

The province provides half of cost-shared funds to participating municipalities and has allocated $2 million in funding for 2013 across the province, Lemieux said. Participating municipalities match the provincial contribution and provide the subsidy to qualifying homeowners.

The maximum subsidy offered by municipalities covers 60 per cent of the equipment and installation costs for individual homeowners up to a maximum of $1,000 for in-line backup valves and $2,000 for sump pumps and pits.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 16, 2013 B6

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