Earlier this year, the City of Oakland established an Adopt-A-Drain program, aimed at keeping the city’s 10,000-plus water drains open and functioning. Keeping the city’s drains open is especially important during the fall and winter rainy season when debris can clog drains like the one shown below and cause street and sidewalk flooding.
Even worse, debris can cause pipe leaks, allowing storm drain water to mix with sewer water, which could dump into the bay untreated or back up toilets and drains in your home.
The implications of polluting our bay.
Currently, fewer than two dozen employees in the Storm Drain Maintenance Section of Oakland’s Department of Public Works care for the city’s 10,000 drains, along with almost 400 miles of drain pipe, seven pump stations, and 40 miles of creeks. Volunteers who adopt drains can assist that team, serving as a first line of defense, helping to prevent significant, water-related problems from arising. As Ben Franklin so astutely stated over two centuries ago, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
An ounce of prevention…
…A pound of cure.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help keep one or more of Oakland’s drains clear of debris, please visit www.adoptadrainoakland.com to sign up and learn about the terms of service and volunteer guidelines.
Keeping Oakland Beautiful is everybody’s business.
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