Important Facts About the SFCP

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Stormwater Flood Control Program (SFCP) is to reduce inflow and infiltration entering the sanitary and combined sewer system through private plumbing as well as to reduce discharges of untreated domestic wastewater and sanitary sewage to the environment.

Participation in this Program

Participation in the SFCP is:
  • Limited to homeowners who have experienced basement flooding.
  • Limited to single-family, owner-occupied residential homes within the limits of the City of Superior.
  • Open also to participants of the City’s previous Backwater Valve Programs (1970s – 1990s).

Qualifying for the Program

A stormwater / surface water survey and site inspection will be performed free of charge by the city to determine if factors besides city sewer backups contribute to flooding potential. The homeowner must sign a waiver authorizing the survey and inspection, to protect the city from liability. The survey is also used to qualify the homeowner for funding stormwater flood control improvements. A four- (4) step qualification process for project funding will help ensure public funds are allocated appropriately.

Participants must attend a Homeowner Orientation Meeting, which explains the qualification process. Funding is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis according to qualification and is not guaranteed. The City will fund up to $150 toward the cost of a service lateral inspection. The homeowner is responsible for any cost above $150. Low-income homeowners may qualify for up to $300 for this inspection.

The Environmental Services Division will fund 100 percent of the cost for the installation of a backwater valve (BWV) and sump pump if the homeowner qualifies. Homeowners must have a building sewer that is in acceptable condition to qualify for installation of a BWV or sump pump.

Homeowners must separate all illicit stormwater connections from the sanitary sewer system.

Quality Control

As part of the project’s numerous quality control checkpoints, the city will provide a list of program qualified contractors eligible to perform sewer cleaning, televising, and plumbing work; however, the city cannot guarantee the parts or the work provided by the contractor. Any construction contracts (such as BWV or sump pump installation) are between the homeowner and the contractor.

Homeowners must sign a waiver before installation of BWV and/or sump pump components, releasing the City from any liability associated with contractor quality, or the design, installation, maintenance or functioning of any project components. The waiver makes no guarantee that project components will eliminate or reduce flooding. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain and service their BWV and sump pump.

Homeowners sharing a service lateral must obtain written permission from adjoining homeowners potentially affected by the service lateral inspection process. Forms will be provided.