Overhead Sewer & Backwater Valve Assistance
Funding for this program is not currently available. 


The Overhead Sewer and Backwater Valve Assistance Program (OSBVAP) was established to help property owners who live in designated areas protect their homes from sewer back-up damage. Qualifying property owners will receive a grant and a loan to assist in the cost to install either an overhead sewer system or a backflow preventer valve in their basements.

Properties are eligible to apply for the OSBVAP program if they meet the following qualifications:
  • The property must be a single-family residential structure
  • The property must be owner-occupied
  • The property owner must be at least eighteen years of age
  • The property must be served by either a combined sewer system or a separated storm and sanitary sewer system in an area known to have cross contamination or another system deficiency

The city reserves the right to make other properties eligible for participation upon certification by the director of public works or his / her designee in areas where storm and/or sanitary sewer system servicing the properties may be deficient.

Overhead Sewer Installation
  • City provides funding for 100% of cost (up to $10,000) to property owner 
    • 50% (up to $5,000) as a grant. 
    • 50% (up to $5,000) as 5-year interest free loan
  • Loan repayments incorporated in water and sewer bill

Backwater Valve Installation
  • City provides funding for 100% of cost (up to $2,000) to property owner
    • 50% (up to $1,000) as a grant
    • 50% (up to $1,000) as a 5-year interest free loan 
  • Loan repayments incorporated in water and sewer bill

Low Income Households
Those households that meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) low income thresholds for Kane County are eligible for increased funding. Find out if you are eligible for low income assistance.

Application Submission Deadline
Due to the lack of funds, applications are not being accepted at this time.
Please call the Community Development Department at (847) 931-5920 to learn more about when the program may be funded in the future.