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Latest ‘Adopt a Drain SF’ Training Draws Dozens of Volunteers Eager to Lend a Hand
More than 1400 residents have adopted over 2200 drains since the program launched in 2016
Posted Date: 2/16/2018 3:00 PM

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San Francisco, CA—This week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) added dozens more residents to its growing team of volunteers who help keep the City’s storm drains free and clear of debris. More than 50 SF residents attended a special Adopt a Drain SF training and giveaway event at SFPUC headquarters Thursday night. The event included a hands-on drain-clearing demonstration from SFPUC crews to show residents how to safely clear out a storm drain in their neighborhood. Each volunteer also received free drain clearing supplies and a guided tour of the SFPUC’s LEED Platinum building.

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 date, more than 1400 residents have adopted over 2200 drains since the program launched. 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.