Downspout Disconnect Program
Many older homes have downspouts, or pipes that direct rainwater from the roof of a building to ground level. In some cases, the rainwater enters the combined sewers and results in flooding, which could impact water quality.
In 2018, the City of South Bend is offering a free program to disconnect downspouts, cap the drainway, and add extensions ensuring the rain water drains onto the yard instead of the combined sewer. A connected downspout is one that sends roof water into the City sewer. A disconnected downspout sends the water onto the lawn or a flower bed on the homeowner’s property. Disconnecting downspouts from the City’s sewer will reduce basement flooding and improve water quality in our community’s streams and rivers. All homes must have their downspouts disconnected by December 31, 2020.