Sanitary Sewer Isolation Valve Assistance Program

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The Sanitary Sewer Isolation Valve Assistance Program has concluded. Details available here.

City Council, on September 3, 2013, approved a program to assist property owners that experienced damage as a result of the June 2013 flood event.

To qualify, applicants are to provide validation of damage by including a copy of correspondence from the Provincial Disaster Recovery Program and/or the insurance company.

Applications submitted that did not meet that criteria are put forward for Special Review. The Special Review consists of:

  • Evaluating the location of the property in relation to the Flood Fringe as identified on provincial flood maps
  • Identifying patterns of properties that were directly impacted by the 2013 flood through either overland flooding of the buildings or sanitary sewer back up
  • The contours of the area, and
  • Approved applications in the immediate vicinity of your property

Consideration is also given to the probability that flooding may have impacted your property if preventative measures had not been taken by you or other agencies.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

How do I find a plumber? 
We have a created a list of all plumbing contractors interested in installing the valve. 

Is more than one quote required?
We recommend obtaining at least two quotes for comparison.

Do I need to include a copy of the quote with my application?
Please keep a copy of the quote that the plumber provides for your records. The plumber will submit one for your file when he applies for the plumbing permit.

Do I pay the plumber then get reimbursed?
The plumber will invoice the City of Medicine Hat. We issue payment for our portion.

What if the project costs more than the $2,000 program maximum?
Any portion of the project over and above the program maximum of $2,000 is the responsibility of the property owner. That is why we recommend at least two quotes.

MAINTENANCE OF THE VALVES
Isolation Valves and Backwater valves are mechanical devices sitting in a sewage environment, and regular inspections are required. To ensure the satisfactory performance of the valves follow these procedures.

  1. Remove the cap on the top of the valves or unscrew the top and do a visual inspection. 
  2. Take a flashlight or trouble light to properly see inside the valve body.
  3. Inspect for debris build-up on the body, gate or beneath the flapper.
  4. If debris build-up is found -- flush clean.
  5. Inspect the testgate and replace if the o-ring is damaged (available through plumbing wholesalers or your plumber). Insert the testgate into the slot in the isolation valve. It should move easily in the slot. Push into the closed position. The testgate seals the o-ring against the valve body (in the closed position). Remove the gate and hang it up or you can’t use your sewer line.
  6. Inspect your backwater flow valve. Ensure the flapper moves freely. On models fitted with closed cell polyethylene floats, check the condition of floats and replace as necessary. * Note: these CSA certified floats are located on both sides of the gate and are protected from sewage contamination by the sidewalls of the gate and body (long-life cycle, impervious to sewage).
  7. Reinstall cleanout caps securely and/or bolt cover as required.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING,
THEN CONDUCT A MAINTENANCE CHECK OF YOUR VALVES ANNUALLY.

CONTACT US
E-mail: floodmit@medicinehat.ca
Phone: 403.529.8374 (Planning Building & Development Services)