I'm excited to participate! How do I officially adopt a storm drain?

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.  adopt a drain opening page view on web portal

To get started, visit the web portal (available via City of Charleston mobile app): 


In the web portal you can:

  • View and adopt available drains
  • Review program details
  • Read terms and conditions
  • Submit Field Inspection Reports


  • The web portal is both desktop and mobile device friendly!  Consider bookmarking the web portal address and/or adding it to the home screen of your favorite mobile device.  The web portal is also easily available in the City of Charleston mobile app!
  • You can use your mobile device to easily complete Field Inspection Reports.  Consider including proud pictures of your drain, both before and after cleanings!

Instructions for easy access to the web portal on a mobile device (pick all 3 options, or choose 1!)

OPTION A: Download the City of Charleston mobile app from your app store.  The web portal is located in the "maps" section.  

OPTION B: Bookmark the page on your favorite browser.

OPTION C: Add the web portal to your mobile device home screen:

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’.

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On Android devices, click the ‘more’ button, then select the ‘Add to Home Screen’ option.

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or visit: https://www.howtogeek.com/196087/how-to-add-websites-to-the-home-screen-on-any-smartphone-or-tablet/

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 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 not all City and County storm drains are showing up on the map for me to adopt. 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?