How to Care For Your Adopted Drain
If possible, clear the drain before it starts raining. Put leaves and other natural material in the green compost bin. Put trash in the black garbage bin. Clear about 10 feet on both sides of the drain. Medical waste or needles? Construction debris? Toxic materials? Report it to the City's Customer Service Center, 311 on the web (or dial 3-1-1). Drain Cleaning Safety Tips
Never try to lift the drain grate. Clear from the sidewalk, not the street. Wear reflective clothing so vehicles can see you. Always wear gloves and be careful of sharp objects! Use a rake, broom, or shovel - not your hands. Remember, the City and County of San Francisco won't be held responsible for anything that happens to you or others in service of maintaining your drain. Please be careful!