Backwater Valve Rebate
Strathcona County offers a rebate for eligible residents that install a backwater valve for up to 50% of the supply and installation costs to a maximum of $1200.
To receive a rebate, send a completed
Backwater Valve Rebate Application (123.9 KB)
along with a copy of the purchase receipt and plumbing permit. Make sure to check and see if you are eligible to receive a rebate.
Note: Home owners qualifying for this rebate will require proper permits and inspection approvals to be completed prior to any rebate being issued.
- Obtain proper permits from Planning and Development
- Once approved, have contractor install the valve
- Arrange for a plumbing inspection completed by a Plumbing Inspector from Planning and Development Services
- Submit your rebate application
- Utilities staff will contact you to complete a home inspection to verify backwater valve installation
Do not cover over the backwater valve with carpet, flooring or other permanent fixture.
Frequently asked questions
1. What is a backwater valve? Permanent link to What is a backwater valve?
A backwater valve protects your home from sewer water flowing back into your house when the sewer main is completely full. If the main sewer line that runs down your street is full, a backwater valve will prevent the sewage from entering your home.
Normally, wastewater will flow from the pipes in your home and to the main sewer pipe in the street. The flapper opens to allow the wastewater to flow.
If the main sewer pipe is full—which can happen during major rainstorms—the flapper opens to allow the wastewater to flow.
Your backwater valve must be accessible at all times.
2. How do I know if I have a backwater valve? Permanent link to How do I know if I have a backwater valve?
A plumber can complete an inspection for you.
3. Is a backwater valve on my weeping tile the same as my sewer line? Permanent link to Is a backwater valve on my weeping tile the same as my sewer line?
Houses constructed prior to 1989 had weeping tiles that connected to their wastewater collection system. These backwater valves prevented wastewater from entering the weeping tile.
Backwater valves on the wastewater service provide the same objective but have differing designs depending on the manufacturer.
4. How do I get a backwater valve installed and how much does it cost? Permanent link to How do I get a backwater valve installed and how much does it cost?
A private plumber can install one for you. There are different types and costs can range up to $4,000. Ask your plumber for a cost estimate. A plumbing permit is required.
5. My insurance company is asking me to prove that I have a backwater valve. What does this mean? Permanent link to My insurance company is asking me to prove that I have a backwater valve. What does this mean?
Due to flooding in southern Alberta in 2013, insurance companies are now requiring policyholders to have a backwater valve in order to receive sewer backup insurance. Although this insurance is not required, it is an additional way for you to protect yourself against unforeseen repair costs.
6. Does Strathcona County recommend I get backwater flood insurance? Permanent link to Does Strathcona County recommend I get backwater flood insurance?
As with any insurance product, you should review insurance offers thoroughly to determine if it is right for you.
7. How do I maintain my backwater valve? Permanent link to How do I maintain my backwater valve?
Checking and cleaning your backwater valve is a good way to reduce the risk of basement flooding. At least once a year, flush, clean and exercise the valve to ensure it moves easily. Do not cover the backwater valve with carpet, flooring or any other permanent structure.