Backwater Device Program

Backwater Device Program
Purpose
The purpose of the Backwater Prevention Device Rebate Program is to assist Everett property owners in the combined sewer system in reducing the risk of sewer backups and basement flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.

Ordinance
new ordinance (PDF) enacted by the City Council in August 2014 concerns sewage and storm system surcharge and backup prevention claims. The ordinance requires properties where sewer connections are considered ‘at risk’ for sewer backups to have backwater prevention devices (such as backwater valves) installed to reduce the risk of sewage backup. These properties are identified as "designated connections." The presence or absence of a backwater prevention device at a designated connection will affect how future sewage back-up claims are processed, as specified in the ordinance.

Rebate Program
If you have received a letter in the mail (PDF) and a postcard (PDF) informing you that your property has been identified as a "designated connection," you are eligible to participate in a rebate reimbursement program that will pay for up to $2,500 of the installation of a backwater prevention device. This typically covers the complete cost of installation.

Qualifications
The following must be done to qualify for the rebate:
  • Qualifying backwater prevention devices must be installed on a property with a ‘designated connection’ that has been identified by City of Everett as being at risk for sewer backups. Property owners with designated connections will be notified by mail.
  • Work must be performed by a contractor who has completed City of Everett’s Backwater Prevention Device Program contractor training and is licensed to do business in Everett and the State of Washington to be eligible for the rebate. View a list of eligible contractors (PDF), this list will be updated periodically.
  • All backwater prevention device design requirements must be met and inspection protocols followed in accordance with the Backwater Prevention Device Rebate Program forms that are located below under 'Forms'.
  • Rebate applications must be completed and submitted to the City of Everett within 90 days after approval of the installation by a City of Everett plumbing inspector.

NOTE: The IRS has determined that the backwater prevention device rebate is NOT income. If you elect to have the city pay the contractor directly (using the Vendor Payment Option Form) you are no longer required to submit a W-9 as part of your backwater prevention device installation paperwork. If you request the rebate to be issued to you as the property owner, we will still require a W-9 as part of the rebate application. The W-9 will be for our files only and you will not be issued a 1099 form at the end of the year.

Forms for Property Owner
 
         2nd Letter Plus Attachments - October 6, 2014 (PDF)
          Property Owner Instructions (PDF)
          Rebate Submittal Checklist (PDF)
          Rebate Application Form (PDF)
          IRS W-9 Form (PDF)
          Vendor Payment Option Form (PDF)
          Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Backwater Device Maintenance
For backwater prevention devices located on your property, you are responsible for inspection and maintenance during your period of ownership. Our trained contractors will be able to show you how to maintain your device and additional information is available on this website under ‘Inspection and Maintenance’. View our Backwater Valve Maintenance video. For any additional questions please contact Halley or Grant.