Keep Out the Rain program
Your sewer connections could be contributing to overflows and backups in your neighborhood. These connections are prohibited by City law because of the burden it places on the City’s sanitary sewer system. Fixing them so that rainwater can flow naturally to storm sewers and waterways, rather than into sanitary sewers, will help reduce sewer backups in basements and several other problems. Keep Out the Rain, a free limited-time program, can help.
What Is Keep Out the Rain?
Keep Out the Rain, a limited-time program to help residents find and fix prohibited connections–for free. In addition to providing peace of mind, your participation in this program can help reduce future wastewater treatment costs and basement backups in your community. Our professional team will visit your home to conduct a 15-minute Sewer Connection Check-up to find and fix connections that allow rainwater into the sanitary sewer system. If we find a connection that should be fixed, the City of Kansas City, Missouri will pay for a licensed, pre-qualified plumber to do the work for free!
Is My Participation Required?
In 2015, the Kansas City Council passed Ordinance No. 150452 which prohibits the direct connection of downspouts, sump pumps or any other drainage mechanisms to the City’s sanitary sewer system. Your property may be a possible source for this type of prohibited connection. If so, the Keep Out the Rain program will find and fix them for free.
Keep Out the Rain is one piece of Kansas City’s largest infrastructure investment, the Smart Sewer program, a 25-year, $4.5-5 billion effort to reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality in our region for generations to come. Your participation is essential to meet the requirements of Kansas City’s federal consent decree.
Is My Property Eligible?
Enter your address below to see if your property is eligible and to learn when we will be working in your area. You can call us at 816-513-0200 or send an email.
What Happens During the Check-up?
A two-person team will arrive at your home wearing official “Keep Out the Rain Contractor” photo ID badge, and “Keep Out the Rain” shirts or jackets. They will conduct a quick 15-minute assessment during which they will walk around the outside of your home and also check your basement, garage or crawl space for these sources for prohibited connections at these sources:
- Roof downspouts
- Sump pumps
- Sump pits with interior foundation drains
- Area & patio drains
- Stairwell entry drains
- Driveway drains
- Broken or uncapped service lateral cleanouts
- Defective service lateral point repairs
What Happens After?
If the team finds a cost-effective way to keep rainwater out of the City’s sewer system, a licensed, pre-qualified plumber will complete the repair for free. In addition to peace of mind, your participation can help reduce future wastewater treatment costs and basement backups in your community.
Will I Get a Warranty?
The work is warranted by the plumber who performed the work for one year from the date work is complete.
Who Pays for the Repairs?
The City will pay for the repairs. Your help in fixing the rainwater connections may help cut future wastewater treatment costs. Keep Out the Rain is one piece of Kansas City’s largest infrastructure investment, the Smart Sewer program, a 25-year, $4.5-5 billion effort to reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality in our region for generations to come. Your participation is essential to meet the requirements of Kansas City’s federal consent decree.