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<h1>ADOPT A CATCH BASIN</h1>
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ADOPT A CATCH BASIN

Catch basins or sewer drains collect storm and rain water from streets and sidewalks, which then travels into the sewer system. Any debris in the street and on the sidewalk can clog and block a catch basin, causing local flooding and potentially polluting our waterways. Our ‘Adopt a Catch Basin’ program empowers local residents and other volunteers to help keep catch basins clean and expand awareness of our sewer system.

Structure and Location of Catch Basins
Catch basins are generally located next to street curbs, often close to intersections. Catch basins have heavy metal grates with openings small enough to prevent large objects from entering into the storm sewer system, but large enough to ensure that the flow of water is not blocked. Inside the catch basin is a simple mechanical debris filtration system that allows water to pass into the sewer while keeping debris within the catch basin (see below).

 

Source: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

How Can You Help?
Pledge to help keep your local catch basin clean by adopting a catch basin. Sign up with the Jersey City Municipal Ultitlies Authority by filling out the form.

 

 

 

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CATCH BASIN

 

  1. Using a dust pan, sweep litter and debris from the top of the catch basin on a regular basis. Throw this in the nearest trash receptacle.
  2. During rain events, check to make sure that nothing is blocking the catch basin.
  3. Clear the catch basin after any snowfall.
  4. If you feel as though your catch basin needs more attention than you can give, call the Municipal Utilities Authority for a cleaning at (201) 432-1150.
  5. Tweet pictures of your clean catch basin to @innovatejc, and use the hashtags #adoptacatchbasin and #yearofwater

left image: door hanger; right image: sample painting design

 

If you have any questions please contact Brittany Kelly [at] b.kelly@jcmua.com

 

CURRENTLY ADOPTED CATCH BASINS IN JERSEY CITY