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Naperville offers help to pay for sewer backflow prevention devices

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The city of Naperville is offering financial assistance to residents who meet low- to moderate-income guidelines and are participating in the city’s Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Device Program.

The program is an extension of the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce the frequency and severity of sanitary surcharges. The program is open to anyone living in the city of Naperville who has experienced a sanitary sewer backup caused by an intense rainfall or a surcharged sanitary sewer system.

The initiative allows property owners to install the backflow prevention device of their choice, and the city will reimburse the property owner 75 percent of the cost.

Using $60,000 funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the city will help eligible residents who meet low-to moderate-income guidelines by paying the remaining 25 percent of the project cost.

The funds will be available beginning Tuesday, April 1, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Before applying for financial assistance, residents interested in the Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Device Program must be approved by the Department of Public Utilities–Water to participate in the program.

For more information on the program and financial assistance offered, visit www.naperville.il.us/backflowprevent.aspx. Those interested in the Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Device Program can also contact Tony Conn, program administrator, at connt@naperville.il.us or 630-305-5537.

Property owners approved for participation in the Sanitary Sewer Backflow Prevention Device Program will be required to obtain three written quotes in which the city will authorize one of the quotes for work to be performed.

The property owner is responsible for scheduling the work and paying the contractor for all associated installation work and restoration costs. Upon completion of the work, the property owner must submit proof of payment to the city before the city will reimburse 75 percent of the agreed quote.

Backflow prevention devices under this program are to address sanitary sewer backups only, not stormwater or sump pump-related backups, where water has entered the basement through foundation cracks, window wells, doors or as a result of an overwhelmed or failed sump pump.

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