Directing gutters to the right place

Why?

Heavy rainfalls send large quantities of wastewater to the sewer system in a very short time. When heavy rains overwhelm the sewer system, this leads to a range of issues: localized flooding, untreated water spilling into bodies of water, and sewer backups.

By redirecting rainwater from your gutters onto permeable surfaces like grass, you take part in preventing the sewer system from overflowing and avoiding river pollution.

Do’s

Do send water towards permeable surfaces, or install a rainwater recovery barrel, making sure that overflow is directed toward a permeable surface.

Gutter directing rainwater into the grass

Do extend output 1.5m away from foundations to prevent erosion.

Gutter directing rainwater 1.5 m away,  into the grass

Don’ts

Don’t connect your gutters to a foundation drain.

Gutter connected to a foundation drain

Don’t direct water towards sewers.

Gutter directing water towards sewers


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