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.