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The City of Charleston has created an easy-to-use and mobile friendly web portal that will allow constituents to select a drain of their choice to adopt. The interactive map shows which drains are available to adopt and where.
On Apple phones/tablets, click the share button, then scroll the bottom reel, past the Copy, Print options and select the + button that says ‘Add to Home Screen’.
On Android devices, click the ‘more’ button, then select the ‘Add to Home Screen’ option.
Anyone! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, and organizations of all types such as churches, clubs and sports teams. Users are encouraged to only adopt drains that you or your organization can effectively and reasonably monitor.
We encourage users to only adopt storm drains on their street or on a regular walking route, but a citizen or business can adopt any drain that is currently listed as adoptable on the Adopt-A-Drain website.
There is currently no limit to the number of drains adoptable by one individual or business. However, while we appreciate an adopter’s willingness to adopt multiple drains, we encourage users to only adopt a number that you or your business can effectively and reasonably monitor.
Currently, the program is only available for drains that are owned and maintained by the City of Charleston.
While the City does have an extensive digital inventory of storm drains and over 9,000 have been mapped already, we are currently reviewing that inventory and once a drain has been verified by City staff, it will be made visible on the Adopt-A-Drain website.
New! We added a reporting feature for missing drains to the web portal, so now anyone can easily report a missing drain or request one be added to the program.
Contact the City's Stormwater Division at (843) 724-3761 or Clemson Extension at (843) 722-5940. Storm Drain Marking Program materials are available free of charge upon request. Mark the storm drains in your community to let others know “Don’t Pollute, Storm Drains Lead to Waterways.”
Review the "How To Guidelines". We recommend that you adopt drains that can be monitored at least once a week, remove debris as needed and/or before a rain or storm event if is safe to do so, and report a drain that is full inside with debris and requires mechanical cleaning. Although not imperative, to help us monitor the success of this program, please periodically submit a Field Inspection Report via the web portal to let us know your drain has been inspected.
Please remember, each storm drain is located in a unique area and could have unique needs. Some drains are located nearby trees that shed leaves often or during particular times of year and may need to be monitored more often, while some drains may be in more open areas and that could need less attention.
Learn more about the Field Inspection Report
Submitting a Field Inspection Report after you inspect and/or service your adopted drain helps us monitor the success of the program and identify how often drains need to be cleaned and where the cleaned drains are located.
Submitting a report is easy, and you can do it from your favorite mobile device. In the web portal, simply click on your adopted drain and then click on the button titled "Send Field Report". The Field Inspection Report will pre-populate with your Official Drain Identification Number and you simply fill out the date and indicate whether you serviced the drain or if it was already clear upon your inspection. (you will need to be signed in to your account)
You can also upload photos of your drain, consider taking "before" and "after" pictures and highlight your efforts!
You can locate the web portal on a mobile device via your favorite browser, and either bookmark it in the browser or you can "add to homescreen", making it easy to access on a mobile device!
Please submit a request to have the drain mechanically cleaned using the Citizen Service Desk or call (843) 724-7367.
View and or download the flyer from the City's Public Service Environmental Services Division about Garbage, Trash & Refuse.
Yes, after logging in you simply select a drain you have previously adopted and there is an option to un-adopt.
Pollutants such as leaves and litter debris that seem to be in constant movement in wind and water can build up around the surface of storm drains and prohibit stormwater from properly flowing off of streets and sidewalks into drainage infrastructure, ultimately resulting in flooding and ponding around the drain. On top of surface ponding, when leaves, yard debris, and garbage are able to enter storm drains they can also move into pipes which can become clogged with these pollutants. Clogged pipes can not only exacerbate flooding but can lead to costly maintenance that could be avoided. Many pipes lie beneath roadways, making them difficult to access and clean regularly.
When it rains, much of the stormwater travels along the surface of the ground and picks up pollution in its path, including fertilizers and pesticides, motor oil, dirt, pet waste, and garbage. When this runoff enters storm drains it does not get treated (only wastewater is treated), but instead flows directly to the waterways that we use for fishing, swimming and more. Adding unnecessary nutrients in the form of leaves, yard debris, or fertilizer to local waterways could lead to algae problems and low levels of oxygen that fish and other sea creatures need to survive. The EPA actually considers stormwater and the pollution it carries, the greatest threat to the health of our water bodies.