Monday, October 31, 2011

Disconnecting Downspouts from Your Sewer Drain


Michigan law now requires Detroit residents to disconnect downspouts from their sewer drains. During heavy rain storms, each down spout on your home can deliver 12 gallons a minute to the sewer system, which can contribute to basement backups and sewer overflows. By simply disconnecting a down spout, you can make a difference in keeping excess water out of the sewer system.

But, there’s a proper way to disconnect down spouts to avoid problems and special how-to workshops are available to help. The Greening of Detroit, in partnership with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. and SEMCOG, are hosting the following hands-on instruction and free materials to participating residents.

There will be a total of seven of these workshops over the next few weeks in the Warrendale neighborhood as well as others throughout the city. I encourage everyone to find the time to attend at least one of them.

Joy-Southfield Community Development Corp. (18917 Joy Rd.)

  • Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.;
  • Monday, November 14 from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.;
  • Friday, November 18 from 10 a.m. -11 a.m.;
  • Wednesday, November 30 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.;

NFL/YET Boys & Girls Club (16500 Tireman St.)

  • Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Don Bosco Hall (19321 West Chicago St.)

  • Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dixon Elementary (8401 Trinity St.)

  • Tuesday, December 13 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Outside of the Warrendale area, there will also be another workshop at the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (19800 Grand River Ave.)


  • Tuesday, November 15 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Disconnecting you downspout from the sewer drain, while it isn't glamorous, is none the less your Warrendale Tip of the Week.

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