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Old 08-20-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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discharging gutter into 3' sewer pipe


i was wondering if this is a good idea or even legal ? i have a 3' pipe buried next to where the gutter is and it would be easier to discharge into it than to lead the water away from the house because there are some obstacles on the way to the nearest downslope away from the house.
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Sewer pipe - as in sewage ?
Usually not & can be fined

Storm sewer - sometimes need Town approval



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yes sir, discharging into sewer. there is already one instance of that happening on my house but it came with the house. it is in Wash. DC, which has some of the most stringent building codes.
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the reason its illegal is that waster-water treatment plants're designed to handle a sewage load calculated by family homes X bedrooms X some-vague-govt-designated-factor-not-even-always-understood-by-engineers
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in other words, there isn't a technical reason why not to discharge, i.e. the pipe can handle the volume ?
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Run the downpipe to a trapped gully to prevent sewer gases coming back up above ground.
There are some combined foul and storm drains here, but most are now separate as the treatment centres can't cope with both.
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in other words, there isn't a technical reason why not to discharge, i.e. the pipe can handle the volume ?
If you don't mind paying the possible $1500 fine
And you don't care about contributing to an existing problem
So Yes...there is a Technical reason not to do so

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Environmental and community groups have reached a partial settlement in a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of raw sewage into waterways in the District of Columbia. The settlement, filed today in federal court, will require approval by U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan. Under the settlement, the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) will adopt controls to curb combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Anacostia River, the Potomac River and Rock Creek. The overflows, which contain raw human sewage, occur because of DC's antiquated combined sewer system, which carries sewage and storm water in the same pipes. During heavy rainstorms, the system cannot handle the combined flow, and overflows directly in the District's rivers. More than three billion gallons of overflows occur in an average year. Bacteria counts in these discharges are often thousands of times over safe levels.


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