Keeping your home up to date can be a challenge in this economy, but thankfully there are grants for plumbing and water in Ontario to help keep you afloat. Keep reading to learn more. Access to clean drinking water is not to be taken for granted, and it's also never been more important to conserve it - not only can you save monthly, but preserving this valuable resource is a shared responsibility. Trust the experts at WaterSmart with all your home water needs.
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"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built. One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes, and install the water softener near our laundry drain. They are very skilled professionals, and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart." - William
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Grants for Plumbing and Water in Ontario
Here's a look at some of the available grants for plumbing and water in Ontario to help you get your home flowing smoothly.
One of the best ways to conserve water in the home is to refrain from flushing the toilet with every single use. In fact, that's No. 3 on our 'Top 10 Conservation Tips' list! Another option is switching to a more efficient toilet. According to ShowMeTheGreen.ca, "Old toilets use as much as 23 L of water per flush! By switching to a low-flow toilet, you can save anywhere from 80 to 100 L of water per toilet—every day! That adds up to 30,000 L a year! Imagine how much water is saved every time someone upgrades a toilet."
There are several regions and municipalities around the province that offer rebates for upgrades to environmentally-friendly toilets. To see if you would qualify, check out the "Ontario Toilet Rebates" section here.
Faucet Filter Rebate
The City of Toronto is constantly working to replace substandard service pipes, and residents that still have lead pipes can apply for a rebate to help buy the appropriate filter for lead removal and/or replacement cartridges. You must meet certain criteria, with low-income households given priority.
You can learn more about the benefits of the faucet filter rebate by reading our recent Brita product review.
Lead Pipe Replacement
In cities like Guelph and Brantford, similar grants are in place to assist homeowners with the replacement of outdated lead pipes.
Here's what the City of Guelph has to offer, for example:
"If lead is found in the privately-owned portion of your water service line, you are under no obligation to replace it; however, the City of Guelph strongly encourages full replacement, as we offer grants of up to $2,000 to help you manage the cost. A free visit by a licensed City water operator and just a few minutes of your time will confirm whether or not you have a lead service line on your property. If there is lead, the City operator can walk you through the grant application process and help you determine whether you’re eligible, and the approximate amount."
Contact your local government to see if they offer any similar assistance options.
Water Rebate Program
Toronto-area residents are eligible for a water rebate program. Low-income seniors or low-income persons with a disability who use less than 400 cubic metres of water are eligible, and the size of the rebate varies depending on water consumption and is paid directly to your bill.
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This program offers forgivable loans of up to $20,000 to low-income homeowners who own and occupy substandard housing to help repair their dwellings to a minimum level of health and safety. You must own and occupy the home, your household income and assessed value must be below a set amount, and your total household assets must be at or below $10,000.
Renovations under this grant include plumbing, toilets, water heaters, and leaks around the home.
Easter Seals Financial Assistance
The good people at Easter Seals will assess up to $3,000 to children and young adults (up to 19 years old) with physical disabilities who need home renovations or equipment not covered by the Ministry of Health’s Assistive Devices Program. Applicants are required to pay $50 or more per each request based on their financial resources.
The money can be used for bathing and toilet equipment. The child must be registered with Easter Seals Ontario and be diagnosed with a physical disability that restricts independent mobility.
Click here to learn more about Easter Seals and for links to the application.
Residential Protective Plumbing Loan Program
Hamilton residents looking to install a new backwater valve or sump pump may be eligible for a loan of up to $2,000 from the municipal government. This is meant to cover various protective plumbing improvements. This grant is for residential properties only, and you must meet the following criteria to qualify for the loan:
- You are the property owner
- All work performed must be by a licensed contractor, with a license number provided on receipts
- All property taxes must be current when you apply for the loan and when the loan is paid
- You must complete and sign the Commitment Letter
- You must meet all the conditions of this program.
Learn more here.
There's a similar program in the City of Ottawa. This Residential Protective Plumbing Program provides financial assistance to qualified property owners so you can install protective plumbing devices to prevent water and sewage from flooding homes as a result of increased water levels in the sewer system.
For those who are hit by flooding, there are also residential grants for sewer backups, residents affected three or more times could be eligible for a grant of up to $1,000.
At WaterSmart, we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean and soft water seriously, and our licensed plumbers can help with the renovations like the ones suggested above. If you are looking for soft water, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water. If you are concerned about your water supply, consider these grants for plumbing and water in Ontario, and don't hesitate to contact us immediately.
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