Winnipeg sump pump subsidy attracts few applicants
Despite the likelihood of spring flooding in southern Manitoba this spring, not many Winnipeggers are taking advantage of a program that funds sump pits and pumps.
The City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba have put up $3 million for Winnipeggers who need the sump pits, pumps or backwater valves to prevent their homes or properties from flooding.
As of last week, only $50,000 of that money had been used.
City spokesman Randy Hull said he thinks applications will pick up later in the season.
"It was very high in 2011, because we had a high river. It was very low in 2012, because we had a low river," he said.
"Once people start seeing the river go up, and they start hearing the messages, I’m sure the uptake will be even greater."
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