Adopt A Drain Program

Adopt-A-Drain Logo

In the event of a storm, clogged drains can prevent the flow of water from the streets and into the storm sewer systems. The backup of water can cause localized flooding which can results in dangerous situations and inconvenience. With over 56,000 storm sewers in Naperville, it is difficult for Public Works employees to attend to all the drains in a timely manner, especially when there are imminent threats during a storm. With the help of residents, the chances of local flooding after a storm could be greatly decreased. 

About the Program

Through the Adopt A Drain program, members of the community can quickly and easily assist the Public Works Department in keeping the city beautiful and clean. Participants will be responsible for inspecting the drain and the area around it, removing leaves and other debris from both the drain grate and the surrounding area, and disposing of any leaves and debris in the appropriate waste receptacle before a predicted storm and an additional four times a year.

Why Adopt?

Adopting a drain is one of the many ways you can keep Naperville clean and prevent flooding in your neighborhood streets! Reasons to adopt include: 

  1. Help keep the streets flood free.
  2. Leaves, grass clippings, trash, and other debris can prevent water from draining, leading to flooding of the streets.
  3. Adopting is a great opportunity to take leadership in your community.
  4. Adopting a drain is a great way for volunteer groups to get involved, and an easy way to get community service. The city would love your help!
  5. Help keep our waterways clean and protect our aquatic wildlife.
  6. Trash that flows into the drains may end up in the local rivers, endangering wildlife.

Use the Adopt-a-Drain map to find and adopt a storm drain near you!

View the Map

How to Adopt
  1. Visit the Adopt A Drain interactive map
  2. Enter an email address into the sign-up field.
  3. The system will then ask for the following information:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Team Name (You can choose a team name (optional) if you are representing a group that will be working together such as a neighborhood organization or scouts.)
    • Subdivision Name (optional)
  4. Once signed up, you will receive a login link via email. This email also includes a link to the Adopt A Drain informational packet.
  5. Click the link to access the Adopt-a-Drain map. 
  6. Next, select a drain. We recommend selecting a drain that is close to your home or business for convenience. 
  7. Next, name your drain. Have fun with this, but please be appropriate and respectful! 
  8. After you name your drain, hit the "adopt" button. 
  9. One you click adopt you will be prompted to accept or decline a liability waiver. You must agree before completing the adoption process. If you choose to decline the agreement terms, you will not be able to continue and will not be able to participate in the program.

Adopters should refer to the informational packet included in the welcome email for information about when and how to clean their drain. We highly encourage adopters to use the Adopt A Drain application (map) to submit a photo of their drain, report an issue with their drain and report the storm drain as having been cleaned. If you decide you no longer want to participate in the program, simply sign in to the application and select "abandon drain."