Downspout Disconnection Program

Downspout Disconnection - It’s the Law

A mandatory downspout disconnection has been the law for several years in La Grange Park. All gutter downspouts must be disconnected from the combined sewer system at the point of sale of the home. This required disconnection is the responsibility of the seller of the home. The revised Village ordinance requires that all single family home disconnections must be completed by January 1, 2019, regardless if the home is sold or not.

Graphic Image of how to disconnect downspouts

Financial Assistance Available

The Downspout Disconnection Assistance Program provides incentives in the form of reimbursements to help owners meet the deadline. Many homeowners have already taken advantage of this program and received their reimbursements. Funding is limited and reimbursements are on a first come first serve basis. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, disconnection must be completed by October 31, 2018,

All single family homeowners whose downspouts are connected to the combined sewer system that disconnected in 2015 or later are eligible for reimbursement. Simple disconnections are eligible for 100% reimbursement up to $100 for materials only. All that is required is a completed reimbursement application with the original receipts attached. You can drop them off or mail to the Village Hall:

Attention: Forrest Tucker
Village of La Grange Park
447 N Catherine
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Program Permit

More complex disconnections that involve gutter work, downspout relocation, rain gardens or bio-swales require a Program Permit. There is no charge for the permit if the work is directly related to the disconnection of the downspouts. If you are seeking reimbursement the permit must be approved prior to scheduling the work. The maximum reimbursement for complex disconnections is $800 for labor and materials. Download the Permit Application (PDF).

Already Disconnected? Let Us Know!

If you have disconnected your downspouts and we have not already visited your home, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Special Projects Coordinator Forrest Tucker. Please include your address in your correspondence so that we may visit your home to confirm your disconnections. This information is vitally important to the Village fulfilling our grant requirements as well as confirming your compliance with the ordinance. Your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Village Requirements & Background Information

A mandatory downspout disconnection has been the law for several years in La Grange Park. All gutter downspouts must be disconnected from the combined sewer system at the point of sale of the home. This required disconnection is the responsibility of the seller of the home. Recently, the Village updated the ordinance (PDF) such that single family home disconnections must be completed by January 2019. The Downspout Disconnection Assistance Program provides incentives in the form of reimbursements to help owners meet the deadline. All reimbursements are first come, first served. All residents receiving a reimbursement are required to sign a Landowner Agreement (PDF), per the State of Illinois EPA Program.

Downspout Disconnection Assistance Program Overview

In 2014 the Village was awarded a $416,500 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant. This grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to support a new Downspout Disconnection Assistance Program. This program assists residents in disconnecting their downspouts from the Village’s combined sewer system and redirecting them to overland flow. As a result of the disconnection, water flows into Salt Creek will be reduced and water quality will be improved. The new Program could significantly impact how storm water is managed in our community. Once implemented, the Village anticipates that the capacity of the combined storm sewer system will increase as much as 12% during storm events. The Village encourages residents to view the overview presentation (PDF).

Eligibility

All single family homes with gutter downspouts connected to the combined (sanitary) sewer are eligible. Homes constructed in 2003 or later are not eligible (the Village already verified no connection). Homes located in the orange area on the Eligibility Map (PDF) are not eligible because the area is served by a separate storm water sewer.

Incentives for Residents to Disconnect

The Assistance Program includes incentives (in the form of reimbursements) to residents for:

  • Costs associated with downspout disconnections.
  • A maximum reimbursement for costs associated with installing a rain garden. This additional program is for qualified residents whose disconnection would result in overland pooling.

View detailed information on available incentives (PDF).

Steps for Single Family Homeowners to Participate in the Program

  • Evaluate (take simple notes) your downspouts. Note the number of downspouts on your property (home and garage) and how many of those are connected to the Village combined sewer system. View a downspout (PDF). View a downspout connected to a sewer system (PDF). If you are not sure if your downspout is connected to the sewer because it is unclear, contact the Village and we will assist.
  • Take the Village's survey. The survey will be available on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. A link will be provided on the Village's website, and from an E-Briefs email. A paper copy of the survey will appear in the Spring Rose Clippings or at Village Hall upon request. Resident survey responses will help the Village progress the program so that as many residents benefit as possible. The program is funded in large part (85%) by the State of Illinois, so it is important that residents are participating in the collection of resident information and utilizing the incentive / rebate program.
  • Disconnect:
    • Complex Disconnections: These include disconnections that would result in the discharge of water onto a hard surface (sidewalk or driveway), a low point where water already significantly pools, or onto an area close to your neighbor's property. The Village is prepared to assist you with that evaluation. Staff is available now to discuss your options with the program where gutters can be rerouted or the application of a rain garden or bio-swale will provide benefit. Please contact Forrest Tucker for further information.
    • Simple Disconnections: These disconnections do not require a program permit. Residents must complete the work and submit a Reimbursement Form (PDF) with receipts. Simple disconnections are reimbursed at 100% of costs, up to $100 per household. Residents may complete disconnections and apply for reimbursement now.