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Published on February 15, 2019
Discharges from sump pumps and other drain pipes can cause icy conditions, particularly during the winter season. Help keep the sidewalks safe for emergency responders, kids walking to school and your neighbors.
Consider re-routing sump pump discharge. If a sump pump or other drainage pipe creates an icy hazard in the sidewalk or street, try to re-route the discharge to a location that does not create a hazard.
Try to clear the ice from the sidewalk or street. If ice does form from sump pump or other natural drainage from your yard, try to clear away the ice. You can spread some ice melt or sand (available at hardware stores) on the area, or try to remove the ice with a shovel.
The County's Drainage Policy provides the following guidelines:
In accordance with Arlington County Code, Chapter 17-6 — Obstructing or Littering Streets and Other Public Places — discharge from a sump pump must not create a safety hazard or nuisance in the public right of way.
Additionally, the County's snow removal ordinance requires all Arlington property owners to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within a designated time period.
People with disabilities displaying a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)-issued disabled parking placard or license plate have certain parking privileges in Arlington to ensure accessibility to businesses, services and residences.