I can not see any argument that would allow the city or region to deflect any responsibility for flooding or waste water backup. The city controls the number of people that can connect and inspects every aspect of the storm water and waste water system. We can not leave thousands of residents in fear that a repeat will disrupt their lives again. Older areas need brought up to modern plumbing standards.

“Backflow preventers” are not a solution. Though they can possibly save your property, they can also easily jam on the normal material found in sewage. Even if they do engage normal use of your home will flood your basement anyway.

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  • John Friend
    commented 2014-10-18 07:35:16 -0700
    Having moved to Burlington in 1964 with my family, I can attest that the recent storms were not the first. In about 1972 a flash storm hit Burlington. My family’s new home on Glen Afton Drive had 2 feet of water in the basement.
    It is my opinion that the City/Region has been negligent and is liable for not enacting a bylaw mandating that downspouts be disconnected from the sewer system. This has been standard in other communities for quite some time.
    Without even considering potential sewer back ups, it has been recognized for many years that it is wasteful to treat rain water from roofs. Furthermore, the sewer treatment plants cannot keep up with the storm induced requirements and consequently, raw sewage ends up in the lake.
    Disconnecting downspouts is the first step in separating storm water from sewer water and protecting the lake.
    (Disclaimer, I was NOT affected by the recent storms.)


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