Stormwater Management

Mandatory Downspout Disconnection

Mandatory Downspout Disconnection

Toronto City Council has approved a bylaw making it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts. It comes into effect across the city in three phases

Disconnecting downspout(s) from the sewer system can reduce the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways. Everyone benefits from downspout disconnection.

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There are a few instances where disconnecting your downspout is either hazardous or not technically feasible. Get the criteria and how to apply for an exemption.

Tips for Disconnecting

While disconnecting your downspouts is now mandatory, there are many ways to get the job done. Weigh your options.