rainfall, the sewers become overloaded, increasing the risk of basement
flooding and releasing polluted water into our local waterways.
To help solve the problem, the City will soon require all property owners to
disconnect their downspouts. All property owners in Ward 30 who receive a
notice are required to disconnect their downspouts by November 20 of this
year. By taking action to comply with the bylaw you are taking steps to
protect people's homes and help improve water quality.
In cases where it's not technically feasible to disconnect your downspout you
apply to the City for an exemption. The City may also provide financial assistance to low-income property
If you cannot attend Councillor Fletcher's Downspout Disconnection Meeting but
want more information, please call my office at 416-392-4060 or email me at
[email protected] You can also call 311 or visit
Top Tips from Toronto Water – Fall 2011
With summer over, thoughts start turning to the beautiful colours of
autumn… and raking leaves. While you're at it, consider adding a few other
items to your "to-do" list. The following tips will help you save water, money
and the environment. They will also help you protect your home from possible
When emptying your pool, water from chlorinated pools must be dechlorinated
before disposing of it into the storm sewer system. Water from salt water
pools must be carefully released into a sanitary system connection located
on your property.
Over-seed your lawn with ryes and fescues to thicken-up your grass for next
spring – this will help reduce the amount of water your lawn needs next
Help prevent basement flooding by clearing eavestroughs and downspouts of
leaves and other debris. Be sure to seal window wells and fix leaks in
basement walls. More advice on preventing basement flooding can be found at
Disconnecting downspouts from the sewer system will also help prevent
basement flooding and the release of polluted rainwater into local
waterways. More information on mandatory downspout disconnection, city-wide,
can be found at toronto.ca/water/downspout
Consider installing a backwater valve and a basement sump pump if you have
experienced basement flooding. Be sure to maintain your equipment once it’s
Save water and money
Toilet leaks can waste a lot of water and are a common cause of
unexpectedly high water bills. Some leaks cannot be seen or heard. Check for
a toilet leak with a few drops of food colouring in the toilet tank; if
water in the bowl changes colour, you've got a leak that needs fixing.
Back to school means more laundry! Use a high-efficiency front loading
clothes washing machine, and run only full loads.
Run the dishwasher only when it’s full and don't pour grease and oil down
the drain. Where possible, kitchen grease should go in the green bin with
other material that can absorb it.
For more information on the City of Toronto's programs and services from
Toronto Water, visit