Adopt-a-Drain: Rain is on its way

SFPUC has a program called Adopt-a-Drain, to help prevent the flooding that can happen when storm-drain grates become blocked with trash and debris. The program was highlighted in a recent item on CurbedSF. Anyone can participate — you can even name your drain!

So far Sunnysiders have so far adopted over 50 of the neighborhood’s storm drains. These neighbors have volunteered to keep the grates tidy which helps avoid local flooding. We have some trouble spots, often along the route of the old creek.

To sign up and adopt your own drain, go to click>register. (Don’t forget to give your new drain a good name.) The map there shows which drains are claimed.

New this year: SFWater has flagged four Sunnyside storm drains as being in special need of adoption, on Foerster Street at Monterey and Joost.

Four red-flagged storm drains on Foerster St. Screenshot from Sunnyside on Adopt-a-Drain map. Green ones are available for adoption, purples ones are already adopted.

For those Sunnysiders who have already adopted their local storm drain, it’s time to check for debris and tidy it up — the heavy rain on its way later this week can cause flooding when the grates are clogged with trash and leaves. SFWater sends this reminder:

Dear Drain Defender,
We hope you have had a chance to enjoy the summer. Along with Fall comes the rainy season and a reminder that very light rain is expected early next week. The best time to clear leaves and litter from your drain is prior to rain.

A few reminders before you roll up your sleeves and get to work:

  • Clear from the sidewalk, not the street.
  • Please never attempt to remove the drain grate.
  • Wear reflective clothing so drivers can see you.
  • Always wear gloves, use a rake or broom – not your hands, and be careful of sharp objects.
  • If you see a badly-clogged drain that you can’t clear, please report it to 311 online at, on the app for Android and iPhone, or by calling 3-1-1.

While our crews continue to inspect, clean, repair, replace and maintain our 1,000+ miles of sewer pipes and 25,000 storm drains, we can’t thank you enough for helping minimize the risk of flooding and protecting the environment. We are very proud that our city has come together and over 1,600 community members, like you, have adopted more than 2,469 drains in San Francisco. Keep it going!

Rain is coming! Time to clear your drain.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please visit, or contact us We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you,
SFPUC Adopt a Drain Team

Remember, the City and County of San Francisco would not be held responsible for anything that happens to you or others while maintaining your drain(s). Please be careful!

Si necesita asistencia en español llame al 415-554-3289 o 311.
如果您需要中文協助、請致電 415-554-3289 要么 311。
Kung kailangan ninyo ng tulong sa Tagalog mangyaring tumawag sa 415-554–3289 o 311.



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