City council has decided to put $500,000 toward subsidizing the installation of sump pumps and backwater valves in Windsor.

Originally, the program was to be available in three areas of the city, but was later expanded to include all of Windsor. 

Over the past 28 months, 800 subsidies worth $1.6 million have been issued.

"In other municipalities, we've found that it hasn't been as well-subscribed as Windsor, for various reasons. People think it's not going to happen again perhaps, or they don't want their basements broken up and put a backwater valve in. But Windsor's been very successful and plumbing contractors have been promoting it," city engineer Mario Sonego said.