Adopt-a-Drain Program

Why Clean Storm Drains?

A clean storm drain prevents flooding, improves traffic flow, and maintains pedestrian access, especially for children and the elderly.  Clean storm drains improve the water quality of the Bay.  Please follow these instructions and safety tips before cleaning your drain.

Materials Needed:

For the first 40 people who turn in the liability release form, the City will provide a start-up kit containing these items which were donated by Truitt & White.


Safety Tips

Questions or Problems?

Call (510) 981-6620, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you find a backup that you cannot clear, call the City's Customer Service Center at (510) 981-6620.  City crews will assess the situation and will clean and clear the City's Storm Drain.

For general information and copies of the Adopt-a-Drain brochure please contact the Customer Service Center at (510) 981-6620.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Storm drains carry runoff directly to the nearest creek or into the Bay. With your help, we can stop water pollution before it starts.

Storm Drain Stenciling

The storm drain that you recently cleaned and others near it may need to be stenciled (or re-stenciled) with the "No Dumping! Drains to Bay" message.  The City will loan you stencils and provide paint so that you can help prevent illegal dumping into our storm drains.

For more information on how to organize a storm drain sewer stenciling project for your group, contact Danny Akagi at (510) 981-6394 or via e-mail at 

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Community Cleanups
Organize a cleanup in your neighborhood.  The City will loan you tools and will provide trash pickup and organizational assistance.  Keeping neighborhoods clean means less litter and leaves will end up in the storm drain.  Contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at (510) 981-7000.

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Report Illegal Dumping
The City needs your help in preventing illegal dumping.  Call (510) 981-6620 to report dumping.  If there is an immediate hazard, call 911.