How can I get a "Don't Pollute" marker for my drain?

dont-pollute-logoStorm Drain Marking Program

You can help let others know “Don’t Pollute, Storm Drains Lead to Waterways!” by adding a marker on your adopted drain.  

It’s easy and free! Storm drain marking program materials are available free of charge upon request.  

To obtain a marker, you may contact Charleston Clemson Extension at:

- (843) 729-4523 (Beatriss Calhoun, Water Resource Agent), or 

- (843) 722-5940 (main office)

Report New Markers

Report any new markers you add by completing a short “Field Inspection Report” in the web portal.  (Simply login and click on your drain!).  

Stormwater vs. Wastewater 

  • Stormwater is not treated.  Stormwater is rain water that does not soak into the ground. It flows over roads and parking lots and into storm water drains, which empty directly into waterways.  "All drains lead to the ocean."
  • Wastewater, or sewage, comes from drains and toilets in homes and businesses. It’s treated at a wastewater treatment plant before being released back into a waterway.  

Show All Answers

1. I'm excited to participate! How do I officially adopt a storm drain?
2. Who can adopt a drain?
3. Can I adopt a drain in an area of the City other than where I live or work?
4. Is there a limit to the number of drains I can adopt?
5. Why are some drains not available for adoption?
6. How do I access the web portal on my mobile device?
7. It looks like all of the City maintained storm drains are not showing up on the map. Why is that?
8. How can I get a "Don't Pollute" marker for my drain?
9. How often should I clean my adopted drain(s)?
10. HOW TO: What are guidelines for inspecting my drain and removing debris?
11. Tell me more about the Field Inspection Report, is it easy to fill out?
12. My drain is too full to clean manually. What should I do?
13. When cleaning my adopted drains, how do I know what is trash and what is garbage?
14. Can I un-adopt my drain?
15. Why is it important to keep storm drains clear and clean?