Downspouts that are connected to the sanitary sewer system are in conflict of Region of Peel Bylaw 53-2010 and should be disconnected.
A downspout is a pipe that carries rainwater from a roof to ground level or into the ground or sewer system.
Not every downspout that goes into the ground is necessarily connected to the sanitary sewer system.
We will contact you if your downspout is found to be connected.
The benefits of disconnected downspouts
Disconnecting a downspout that’s connected to the sewer system is an easy way to protect your home.
By disconnecting a downspout you’ll:
- Help keep excess rainwater out of Peel’s sewer system, which reduces the risk of flooding.
- Improve the water quality flowing to local streams and rivers.
- Give your lawn and garden a free source of water.
Disconnecting a downspout lets storm water flow away from your home’s foundation onto gardens, landscaped areas and lawns on your own property. The water then slowly soaks into the ground, where it is naturally filtered and returned to the water table.
Options for disconnecting your downspout
Region of Peel staff will disconnect your downspout free of charge if it is found to be connected to the sanitary sewer system. Or you can disconnect it yourself.
Disconnecting a downspout on your own
As a property owner it’s your right to disconnect your own downspouts if you wish. You do not need to wait for the Region to contact you; however; the Region will not provide any subsidies to residents after September 30, 2020.
Disconnect your downspout on your own if:
- You can disconnect it safely, without causing a hazard for you or your neighbour.
- You can point the downspout away from your home’s foundation.
- You can keep the flow of your disconnected downspout directed away from your neighbor’s property.
Rebate program ending soon
The current Downspout Disconnection Rebate Program will end on September 30, 2020. A grace period of 3 months is considered for late applications. No applications will be reviewed after December 31, 2020.
The rebate amount depends on the number of downspouts.
- 1-2 downspouts – $25 each
- 3 or more downspouts – $100 maximum per home
Disconnection by the Region
This program is fully operated by the Region. Homeowners do not need to pay for the disconnection or take any other action.
A Regional staff member or contractor will:
- Identify the connected downspouts.
- Determine the most effective way to disconnect.
- Perform the disconnection work.
This work will be performed in close communication with you. Any downspout that is found to be directly connected to the sanitary sewers will be disconnected as per the requirements of the mandatory program.