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Adopt A Drain Program

Do you have 15 minutes twice a month to help protect our lakes and rivers?  Consider adopting a storm drain!  Adopters are asked to clean the surface of their storm drain twice a month and report the quantity and composition of debris removed.



Join this brand new program now available in the City of Waukesha, City of Pewaukee, and City of Oconomowoc. You’re only 3 steps away from making a difference!

  1. Find a drain by clicking on the map below and complete the requested information.  Adopters will receive a storm drain marker, safety vest, and quarterly email reminders and news
  2. Twice a month, clean around your storm drain.  Safety first...Here's how! Watch the short video to the right.  
  3. Report your work!  Click on the map below and select “report cleaning activity.”  Fill in the date of your collection; as well as the weight and type of materials collected. Pat yourself on the back and know you have made a difference for our lakes and rivers!

To report a problem with your drain contact water@waukeshacounty.gov


Click the map below to:
Adopt a Drain or Record a Cleaning

 

Twice a month, clean around your storm drain.
Safety first...Here's how!
  1. Gather your supplies:
    • Your safety vest
    • Your broom and a dustpan
    • Your gloves
    • Your choice of bucket or bag to put removed material in
  2. Think safety first—wear the safety vest provided.  If possible, have a second person help.  The person wearing the vest should remain standing and vigilantly watch traffic while the other person performs the cleaning.  Remember that your head is down while you are cleaning, so it is impossible to keep your eyes on approaching cars.
  3. Never remove the grate – cleaning should only be done on the surface and around the grate.  Never attempt to remove the grate or reach inside.  If the drain seems plugged, contact your city, town, or village’s public works department.
  4. Busy streets – it is best to adopt drains on local residential streets.  Avoid busy streets.
  5. Only rain down the drain.  To keep pollutants from washing into the drain during rain events, clear the curb area around the storm drain as well as the sidewalk.
  6. Weigh your collected material for reporting.  If you don’t have a scale, you can estimate the weight.
  7. Separate and dispose of material collected: 
    • Remove all recyclable material and place in a recycle bin. 
    • Compost leaves, grass, and sticks. 
    • Place everything else in the trash.
  8. Report your work!  Click on the map below and select “report cleaning activity.”  Fill in the date of your collection; as well as, the weight and type of materials collected. 
  9. Pat yourself on the back and know you have made a difference!

If you have any technical questions, please contact Jayne at (262) 896-8300 or by email.


Business Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188
Room AC 260 - (262) 896-8300
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