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Disconnecting Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts can be redirected from draining roof runoff directly onto paved surfaces or into storm water systems or ditches to reduce runoff from the property while also reducing on-site irrigation. Water from downspouts can be redirected to drain and soak into existing lawn or landscaping, porous pavement, a rain garden, swale, or rain barrels for storage and reuse. This inexpensive rainscaping practice can be accomplished through adding an elbow and extensions to the downspout with a splash guard placed to direct water away from foundations and toward the desired discharge location. Maintain the practice by removing leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts and checking for leaks or erosion.