Running water from houses?

My friend goes for long walks after work and in the morning on weekends, and she often sees a garden hose coming from people's homes runing water onto their driveways and down to the gutter. What do you think is going on?
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Umm, sump pumps from basements...
Draining a pool ?
No one is going to be running metered water out a hose into the street...
~~ Evan
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On 4/11/2011 3:43 PM, Evan wrote:

Well, some morons may be watering the flowers and shrubs then lay the hose down and forget about it. My room mate opens the fridge door and stands in front of it drinking his chocolate milk or the door is standing open and he's at the counter preparing food and doesn't close the door until he's finished. Some people are brain dead about things like that. ^_^
TDD
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** Anything is possible, but I would guess that it could be backwash from water softeners. If these houses have septic tanks, they wouldn't want to dump it there, so storm drains would be preferable
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On 4/11/2011 6:51 PM, RBM wrote:

This time of year, most likely from the sump pump. Their drywell is saturated/failed/missing, and most of the year it doesn't matter. But when spring snowmelt brings groundwater into foundation, or water table rises, sometimes they need to get it as far away from house as they can. A couple 3 houses in low end of this subdivision have semi-permanent flat pump hoses that live rolled up under the bench on the front porch. Walk outside, kick it across the yard to unroll it, and hit the pump switch.
Of course, 30 years ago in college towns, you'd see them all over the place in May, from people draining water beds.
--
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wrote:

Nah. If she had that, she'd walk up to the houses and ask them, like I told her to.
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wrote:

They drank a lot of beer the night before and they got to piss so much that they're afraid that they might overload the sewer system if they go in the toilet.
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Sorry. Baltimore's far suburbs (once was a separate town, 20 or 25 miles from the center of Baltimore)

They were talking about Las Vegas today on All Things Considered. No drining pools or hot tubs to the storm sewer. They said they recycle 94% of the water there, send it back to Lake Meade.

Not many
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Minor vandalism by neighborhood brats?
Joe
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On 4/11/2011 2:36 PM, mm wrote:

Around here, people drain their pools out onto the street, because they don't want to empty all that water onto their property. It's illegal but they do it anyway. Sump pump hoses are also supposed to drain onto the property, and there's usually not enough discharge to motivate anyone into running the drain hose down to the street.
At any rate, if they're draining into the street, it must be something they don't want on their property, due either to what's in the water, or how much water they're draining. If she cared enough, she could call the city and ask them why people would be doing it. It's either permitted, in which case the city would know the reason for doing it, or it's not permitted, in which case the city may care that it's happening.
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