Storm damage recovery

17.37.030 Establishment of Downspout Disconnection Program.

City Code Section

(Replaced by Ordinance 185397, effective July 6, 2012.)

  1. A.  Eligibility. Properties located within the boundaries of the disconnection area as shown on the map within the program administrative rules. A property is eligible for participation if the property:
    1. 1.  Meets the "residential use" criteria in PCC Chapter 33.920; or
    2. 2.  Meets the "commercial use" criteria in PCC Chapter 33.920, and has site conditions that would allow for safe and effective disconnection as identified in Section 17.32.040.
  2. B.  Deadlines. The Downspout Disconnection Program shall pursue the objective of managing stormwater directly connected to the combined sewer on eligible properties in the program area and removing necessary amounts of stormwater from the combined sewer no later than the deadlines in the Downspout Disconnection Program Administrative Rules. Deadlines may be met sooner based upon the schedule for the projects in specific sewer basins.
  3. C.  Procedures. Disconnection procedures and policies are described in the Downspout Disconnection Program Administrative Rules. All downspouts that are disconnected from the combined sewer through this program must conform to the disconnection methods or systems approved by the Director. Technical assistance will be provided to property owners, upon request, to determine the most appropriate method of stormwater management.
  4. D.  Access to Eligible Property. For the purpose of administering this code chapter, the Director or other workers authorized by the Director may, with consent from the property owner or occupant and upon production of proper identification, enter upon the land or premises of eligible property. The purpose of such entry is to survey a downspout to determine whether it is connected, to provide technical assistance regarding proper disconnection, to disconnect downspouts, to correct or otherwise fix disconnected downspouts, to reconnect downspouts that do not meet program standards, or to inspect downspouts which have been disconnected.
  5. E.  Ownership of private stormwater systems. The property owner shall own the new private stormwater management system and be responsible for ensuring that the new private system is properly maintained and operated.
  6. F.  Reconnection of disconnected downspouts at participating properties.
    1. 1.  Property owners in mandatory program areas are prohibited from reconnecting to the combined sewer unless the City determines that the disconnection poses a threat to health, safety or property and approves the reconnection. Homeowners must contact the Downspout Disconnection Program if they believe reconnection is necessary.
    2. 2.  Property owners in the voluntary area must contact the Downspout Disconnection Program if they plan to reconnect their downspout(s).