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Adopt-a-Drain Program

The City of Riverside is seeking volunteers to help keep storm drains clean and free from debris. Through the new “Adopt-a-Drain” program, residents can help keep one of about 4,800 storm drains free of leaves, palm fronds, trash, and other debris.

Why should I adopt a drain?

By adopting a drain you:

  • Help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by keeping drains free of debris
  • Prevent pollutants from entering local waterways and the Santa Ana River
  • Help the city maintain our infrastructure, especially during the rainy season, when leaves and debris can increase the likelihood of flooding

How do I adopt a drain?

To adopt a drain:

  • Visit
  • Locate the drain you wish to adopt on the Adopt-a-Drain map; if it is colored green its available for you to adopt
  • On the left side of the screen:
    • Enter your Email address, Name (which will be visible to others), Phone numbers (which are kept private), and select a password. If you do not wish your name to be posted on the website, you can list yourself as anonymous.
    • Review the terms of service and volunteer guidelines
    • If you agree, check the agree to the terms of service and volunteer guidelines checkbox
    • Click “Sign Up”
  • On the map, click on the drain you wish to adopt

What happens next?

Once you’ve adopted a drain:

  • You will be eligible to receive an Adopt-a-Drain toolkit from the city’s Corporation Yard located at 8095 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504. Please call ahead through 311 to schedule a time to pick up your toolkit.
  • Clean your drain once a month or as needed
  • Only clean the drain opening and the curb and gutter approximately 10 feet to either side of the opening
  • Download the 311 App here to send a photo of your drain and details of your efforts
  • Report any assistance needed or illegal dumping to the 311 call center or through the 311 Riverside Mobile Application
  • Be proud of your active role in helping keep Riverside clean and safe

Safety guidelines

Clear your drain opening only if it is safe. If the drain is still clogged after you’ve removed the surface debris, call 311 to report it.
  • Clear only drains next to the curb. Clear from curbside, not out in the street. Watch out for traffic.
  • Be careful of standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • If children are helping, make sure adults are supervising.
  • Don’t try to lift storm drain grates; they are very heavy.
  • Let city crews handle garbage or any hazards in the catch basin. Clear surface debris only.

Quick Links
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General Information
Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RRWQCP)
5950 Acorn Street
Riverside, CA 92504

Phone: (951) 351-6140

Admin Hours:
Hours: M-F 7:30 am-4:30 pm  
Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays
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