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SFPUC Distributed Free Drain Clearing Supplies to over 50 Volunteer Drain Adopters
More than 1100 residents have volunteered to Adopt a Drain since the program started in 2016
Posted Date: 11/20/2017 12:00 PM

raking a leaf clogged drain 

San Francisco, CA—On Saturday, November 18, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) hosted a special training and giveaway event for more than 50 of Adopt a Drain SF volunteers and their friends and families at the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 3500 Great Highway. Volunteers participated in hands-on training activities to familiarize them with the skills they need to safely clear out a storm drain in their neighborhood. Each volunteer also received free drain clearing supplies and a guided tour of the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Launched in October 2016, the Adopt a Drain Program enables San Francisco residents to "adopt" one of the City's 25,000 storm drains, keeping it free of debris. While helping to reduce localized flooding, the program also fosters community engagement by encouraging San Franciscans to take an active role in improving their neighborhood. To sign up and adopt a drain, go to

The Adopt a Drain program is part of RainReadySF, which includes a combination of planned infrastructure improvements, coordinated City services and innovative programs that provide residents and businesses with the resources they need to reduce the risk of flooding during a major rainstorm.