Cook County has awarded $325,000 to the Village of La Grange for its Residential Sewer Backup Prevention Program. These funds will be used to expand the Village’s existing program to reduce residential basement flooding from combined stormwater and sanitary sewage backups. Cook County is providing funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and has allocated $20 million in ARPA funding to better manage stormwater and build resiliency to climate events throughout Cook County.
During large storm events, wastewater can flow back into a home from the public sewer main through the lowest plumbing fixture, which is usually a floor drain or sink in the basement. The goal of the Residential Sewer Backup Program is to encourage homeowners to improve their quality of life and enhance property values through the reduction of sanitary sewer backups. Additional information can be found on our website regarding the Village's Flood Mitigation efforts.
For eligible single and two family homes, the program provides 50% reimbursement of eligible costs, subject to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for backflow devices or $5,000 for overhead sewers. Each eligible property is eligible for a one-time grant capped at $5,000. Permit fees for work funded through this program are waived.
To learn more or to begin the application process, click here.