Why disconnect downspouts?

Any amount of water removed from the system during wet-weather events helps. The disconnection of downspouts and the installation of rain barrels minimize the impact of rainwater on the combined sewer system. Learn more about using rain barrels and where to purchase them.

Read about Shorewood's recent successful partnership with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to encourage residents to disconnect downspouts and install rain barrels and rain gardens.

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1. What is a combined sewer?
2. Where is Shorewood's combined sewer system?
3. How does a combined system deal with stormwater?
4. What is a combined sewer overflow?
5. Why disconnect downspouts?