Your Downspout Connection May Be Illegal, City Says
Sunday September 9th, 2012
Posted at 10:30am
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Did you know that in a certain part of Windsor it is illegal to have your eaves-trough’s downspout connected to the City’s sewer system?
The City of Windsor recently released a new video on their Downspout Disconnection Program and are reminding citizens that in a section of South Walkerville it is mandatory to have your downspouts disconnected.
Under a by-law that was passed in 2008, if you live in parts of South Walkerville (described below) it is mandatory to have your downspout disconnected (to a water barrel for example):
- South of Tecumseh Road East
- North of the Canadian Pacific Railway
- East of Howard Avenue
- West of Walker Road
The City of Windsor offers a free downspout disconnection service to all city residents. Call the Field Services division at (519) 945-4375, and a city inspector will come out to discuss the disconnection work that will occur at your home.
The City of Windsor encourages all home owners to disconnect their downspouts as despite its initial cleanliness, storm water from roofs is a major contributor to the pollution of Windsor’s watercourses. Clean water goes down the drain where it becomes contaminated by wastewater or ground sediments. Ultimately, this storm water flows untreated into the Detroit River.
Downspout disconnection also helps relieve pressure on the system during major storms when the sewers cant keep up. This usually leads to basement flooding.