Rebates for the disconnection of downspouts and/or the installation of a sanitary backwater valve are available to eligible residential properties until December 31, 2016. Downspout disconnection activities can be completed by interested homeowners on a voluntary basis.
The Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program scheduled to begin on July 1, 2016 for pre-1975 homes has been deferred to a future date.
Downspout Disconnection Rebate Program
Maintaining your home is an important part of home ownership. Maintenance retains property value and increases the safety and comfort of your home. One easy way to maintain and protect your home is to disconnect any downspouts connected to the sewer systems.
The benefits of disconnecting the downspouts are:
- protecting you and your neighbourhood by keeping excess rainwater out of the sewer systems, which reduces the risk of flooding
- improved water quality in local streams and rivers
- a source of free water for your lawn and gardens
Properly disconnecting your downspouts allows storm water to flow away from your home's foundation onto gardens, landscaped areas and lawns on your own property. This way, water slowly soaks into the ground, where it is naturally filtered and returned to the water table.
You may be eligible for the Downspout Disconnection Subsidy program or for the Financial Assistance program.
You are eligible for the Downspout Disconnection Rebate Program if:
- You are in the eligible program area (see list below)
- You have not received a subsidy from the Region of Peel through previous downspout disconnection or basement flooding remediation programs
How to participate
- Confirm eligibility by checking if you are in the program area
City of Brampton program area:
- Decide which program you want to apply for
a) Downspout Disconnection Subsidy Program
For a limited time (available until December 31, 2016), the Region of Peel is offering rebates of:
- $25 each for one or two downspouts disconnected
- $100 for three or more downspouts disconnected
With a maximum of $100 per home
ORb) Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance Program
The Region of Peel offers eligible low-income seniors or low-income residents with a disability, financial reimbursement for downspout disconnection of all downspouts on the property up to a maximum amount of $1,000.Click on the link to see if you are eligible for the Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance Program, Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance Program.
- Disconnect your home's downspout(s) ensuring that you:
- Cap the pipe where it enters the ground
- Attach an elbow to the downspout
- Direct water onto a splash pad or well away from your foundation
Make sure that water from disconnected downspouts is not directed to your neighbour's property or a public walkway. Having a downspout flow onto driveways, walkways or sidewalks can cause water to pool or ice to form and may create a slip hazard.
How to disconnect your downspouts:
- Step-by-step instruction to learn how to disconnect your home's downspout (PDF, 9MB)
- How to disconnect your home's downspout instructional video
- Capping your standpipe
Downspout Disconnection Subsidy Program
2 Copper Road
Brampton, ON L6T 4W5
Please keep a copy for your records.
Permanent capping of the sewer standpipe is a requirement for rebate eligibility. Capping prevents stormwater from entering the system after downspout disconnection but also is a safety measure to ensure debris and small animals do not enter the opening.
Standpipes can be constructed of plastic or clay and will have different diameters, which will be specific to your property.
Caps and plugs come in a variety of styles and sizes which are available at many hardware stores or plumbing supply stores. Measure the diameter of your standpipes before visiting the store to purchase caps or plugs. Property owners can use:
- A rubber cap secured by a hose clamp or a PVC or nylon cap
- A wingnut secured nylon expansion plug or a low pressure plug
Caps or plugs can be permanently secured using silicone adhesive or contact cement which will be dependent on the material type of the standpipe.
- Region of Peel Fusion landscaping and Rain Barrels
- Credit Valley Conservation's Your Green Yard Program
- How to build a rain garden (PDF)
- Rainwater harvesting (PDF)
Interested in learning more about downspout disconnection and managing stormwater effectively on your property? Register for upcoming “Greening Your Grounds – Getting Started” workshops from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) here.