Regarding the Disconnect to Protect Program: Rebate Coordinator
General Information Environmental Operations 272 Ferndale Drive North 705-739-4221 x4516
The City's wastewater treatment plant is being overloaded and it’s costing you money! Tax payers are paying a lot of extra money to treat already clean water.
Inflow is the flow of storm water into the sanitary sewer system from sources such as downspouts and illegal sump pump connections. Infiltration is the gradual downward flow of water from the ground surface into the soil and into the wastewater collection system.
We are very fortunate in Barrie to have a beautiful waterfront. The lake is part of a water system that we need to respect and protect. Every little action counts.
Many Barrie homes have a downspout and/or sump pump illegally connected to the sanitary system. This can overwork the Wastewater Treatment Facility and cause a sewage back up during heavy rainfalls. This results in pollution in our lake and more costs to residents.
To find out if your house has an illegal connection, look around your house to see where your sump pump or downspout is discharging to. If the pipes lead underground, there is a good chance that you have an illegal connection.
The Disconnect to Protect Rebate Program provides rebates to qualifying Barrie residents for disconnecting illegal downspout and sump pump/foundation drain connections to the sanitary sewer system:
If you need a Building Permit to do your project, permit costs will be included in the rebate (applicable to plumbing related and building permit costs only).
Rebates Available (Check here for updates prior to applying)
Note: This rebate may only be claimed by the property’s registered owner(s)
This program is only open to residents located within the City of Barrie municipal boundary. This program will be offered at the current amounts until the existing funding allocation is depleted. This program is on a first come, first served basis for qualifying property owners. Program and funding renewal will be at the discretion of City Council. Homeowners are eligible for both a downspout disconnection and sump pump/foundation drain rebate per address (rebate dependent on type of work completed). Rebates only apply to downspouts and sump pump/foundation drain discharges redirected to pervious areas such as lawns, gardens and rain gardens. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that downspout flows are properly disconnected and redirected without creating safety hazards and with no chance of adverse impacts to buildings or properties. You can find information in this brochure and by consulting a qualified home contractor, foundation specialist, plumber or civil engineer.
The City of Barrie cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information or its application to any particular property. Readers should, where possible, verify the information before acting on it. Where appropriate, professional advice and service should be sought from a knowledgeable and licensed contractor or civil engineer. In no event will the City of Barrie be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you or anyone else in reliance on this information. The City does not accept and specifically disclaims any and all liability for any injury, loss or damage whatsoever incurred as a result of the use of, reliance on, the information provided by the City and in no event will the City, its Councillors, officers, directors, employees or contractors be liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or lost profit, including any property damage or loss or personal injury, associated with, resulting from or arising out of any use or misuse of this information.
Inflow: The flow of storm water into the sanitary sewer system from sources such as downspouts and illegal sump pump connections through direct or indirect connections.
Infiltration: The flow of water into the sanitary sewer system through aged or defective pipes and/or maintenance chambers (i.e. cracks, defective joints, etc.) through soil (both groundwater and rainwater).
Downspouts are pipes that connect with a home’s eavestrough system and carry rainwater and snowmelt from the roof to the ground providing protection for the exterior of your home and foundation. A functional downspout protects the home’s roof, siding and foundation from water damage and helps prevent flooding of the home’s basement.
If your downspout is connected to the sanitary sewer (either directly or indirectly) it is illegal and is in contravention of the City’s Sewer Use By-law and the Ontario Building Code.
Illegal connections can overwhelm the City’s sanitary sewer infrastructure and can result in basement flooding and increases the risk of wastewater spills into the Lake. It also leads to substantial amounts of clean water entering the sanitary sewer, which requires unnecessary treatment at the wastewater treatment plant; costing tax payers a lot of extra money to treat already clean water.
If you suspect you have an illegal downspout connection contact your local plumber to have it disconnected and properly re-directed on to your lawn or other pervious area, allowing rainwater to naturally soak into the ground.
There are many environmental and economic benefits to disconnecting, including:
Sump pumps are installed in the basement of homes to collect water from the foundation drain surrounding the home and pump it out onto the lawn to prevent basement flooding.
If your sump pump or foundation drain is connected to the sanitary sewer via a floor drain, laundry tub, sanitary cleanout or other direct or indirect connection, it is illegal and is in contravention of the City’s Sewer Use By-law and the Ontario Building Code.
If you suspect you have an illegal sump pump connection, contact your local plumber to have it disconnected and properly re-directed on to your lawn or other pervious area, thereby allowing rainwater to naturally soak into the ground.
Some older homes have foundation drains directly connected to the sanitary sewer and do not have an internal sump or sump pump. There is also a possibility that your home may not have a foundation drain at all. To verify if you are in compliance with the Sewer Use By-law and do not have an illegal connection, contact a local plumber to complete an investigation. If an illegal connection exists, your local plumber will be able to advise you on the best approach to make your home compliant with the Sewer Use By-Law.
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