Disconnect Your Downspouts

Disconnect Your Downspouts

Jonathan B.
Oct 18, 2007

Unhook your gutters, especially if they empty into a shared drain. Finding a local way to deal with storm water can help prevent sewer overflows into rivers and waterways.

There are many beautiful ways of doing this. One of our favorite is to use a Japanese-style rain chain, or kusari doi. Among other things, the liquid water flowing down the chair gives you a little bit of beauty to look forward to every time it rains. We like designs like this that remind one of the beauty and power of water and gravity.

For sources, read on.


There are other sources for rain chains, but Cobre, located in Portland, Ore., sells hand-hammered, fair-trade, 100% recyled copper rain chains online; the one pictured above starts at $12 per linear foot.

We also like this cup chain, shown right, which costs $38 a linear foot.

To get started, here's some local information on disconnecting your downspout:
Portland, Ore.
Toronto
Milwaukee

Does your city have a similar program? Add a link in the comments below, or drop us an email.

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