Plumbing Program Helps Homeowners with Illegal Sanitary Sewer Connections

Published on: 2018/09/17 - in News

Utilities Kingston is reminding property owners to disconnect illegal plumbing connections to the sanitary sewer, which can contribute to the risk of basement flooding.

Connections to the municipal system are the responsibility of property owners – under Bylaw 2008-192, the “Sewer Use Bylaw” (PDF) – who should check downspout, sump pump and foundation drainage to make sure it’s Bylaw compliant.

Utilities Kingston advises property owners to:

  • Disconnect downspouts that enter the ground and flow into the sanitary sewer. Direct these downspouts elsewhere. The lawn is usually the best spot, at least two metres away from your foundation.
  • Direct your sump pump drain to your lawn/garden, two metres away from your home. It must not pump into the sanitary lateral or your sanitary plumbing.
  • Direct your foundation drainage (weeping tile) so it is captured by a sump pump and not pumped into sanitary plumbing.

Financial Assistance Available

Homeowners could receive up to $3,000 toward the installation of sump pumps, backwater sanitary valves, foundation drains and other eligible measures. Utilities Kingston reports financial assistance available to its customers through the 2018 Preventative Plumbing Program and encourages customers to act today to ensure enough time to implement the work before the end of the calandar year.

Since its start in 2012, the Preventative Plumbing Program has provided $1,610,000 in financial assistance to help 1,050 Kingston homeowners and resulted in the removal of 163 illegal connections to the sanitary sewer.

More information and an online application can be found at or by emailing or phoning 613-546-0000

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