Apply for Backwater Valve Grant Reimbursement to Prevent Sewage Backups

Apply for a $2,000 Backwater Valve Reimbursement

A backwater valve is a device that can prevent sewage backups into your home. The Albany Water Department offers a $2,000 reimbursement for installation of a backwater valve for homeowners who have experienced backups in the past.

To date, the City has approved the reimbursement of 390 backwater valves. Typically, a backwater valve installation costs about $1,200-$3,000. 

Owner-occupied home

Single or two-family property.

Must provide evidence of past backups that have occurred since 2002.

Program documents:

Backwater Valve Application and Directions

Requirements for an Acceptable Backwater Valve Installation

Plumbers List

Contractors List 

Program requirements:
• Owner-occupied home
• Single or two-family property.

• Must provide evidence of past backups that have occurred since 2002. The application must be submitted before work begins on the backwater valve installation.

Program documents:
Application and Directions
Requirements for Backwater Valve Installation
Plumbers List
Contractors List

Mail the completed application and required documentation to:

Program requirements:Owner-occupied home. Single or two-family property.Must provide evidence of past backups that have occurred since 2002.

Owner-occupied home
Single or two-family property.
Must provide evidence of past backups that have occurred since 2002.

Program documents:
Backwater Valve Application and Directions
Requirements for an Acceptable Backwater Valve Installation
Plumbers List
Contractors List 


Mail the completed grant application and required documentation to:

Backwater Valve Grant Application Program
City of Albany Department of Water & Water Supply
10 North Enterprise Drive
Albany, NY 12204

Please make copies of any papers, photos, estimates, scope of work, etc. submitted and retain a copy for your records.

Low-income residents and seniors may also qualify for additional funds to fully cover the cost of the backwater valve installation through the Rehabilitation Assistance Program