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).
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.
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