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Downspout DisconnectionDownspout Disconnection

A downspout is a vertical pipe used to drain rainwater from a roof. For many years downspouts have been used to drain water away from buildings to protect foundations. They are usually directed onto a paved surface such as a driveway or into a standing pipe in the ground, either of which drains into a storm drain pipe.

During a heavy rain, each downspout on your home can deliver 12 gallons a minute to the stormwater system. By simply disconnecting a downspout from the stormwater system, the volume of stormwater is minimized, reducing flooding and erosion and minimizing the number of stormwater pollutant that reach our local waterbodies.

Please note, while disconnecting your downspouts can help protect our streams, doing so improperly could cause you or your neighbors big problems, including wet basements, flooding, or erosion.

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Seattle Public UtilitiesDisconnecting Downspouts Guide

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