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Ways to Volunteer with Water Services

Adopt a Storm Drain

City-wide program coming May 2017

water city usa logo adopt a drainMetro Water Services is excited to be cooperating with local non-profit Water City USA for Nashville's first-ever Adopt-A-Storm Drain Program, which aims to educate the Nashville community about local water issues, identify and mitigate pollution, and help communities manage certain storm water infrastructure, i.e. storm drains.

To this end, volunteers can adopt a storm drain near where they live, work or play. By adopting a storm drain, volunteers agree to monitor the drain's condition and keep it clean and clear of unwanted items such as trash, yard waste, and pet waste between rainfalls.

Why should I adopt a drain?

  1. Help reduce pollution in Nashville's streets and streams. By keeping unwanted debris clear of storm drains, it is prevented from entering the storm water system, which if entered can end up in our rivers, streams and other waterways.
  2. Help prevent localized flooding. Debris such as grass clippings, fallen leaves, garbage and other waste can clog up our storm water system. If a storm drain is clogged, rainwater cannot properly move through the system and can end up flooding neighborhood streets.

How do I adopt a drain?

Water City USA has developed an interactive map with the help of our stormwater division where you can locate and adopt a storm drain. To access the map, visit Water City USA's website.

Share your adoption on social media.

We encourage you to share your volunteer experience with us on social media, especially photos of the cleaning process and how you are staying safe while volunteering. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@NashvilleMWS) and use #NashAdoptADrain.

For more information on Water City USA's Adopt-A-Storm Drain program, including safety guidelines and FAQ, visit Water City USA's website.

Adopt a stream

Adopt a stream in your neighborhood and make a difference in your community. Adoptions are for a period of 2 years and require at least one stream clean up per year. A sign acknowledging the adopting group and stream as well as supplies and trash removal are provided by Metro.

Contact : for more information or to adopt!

Splash and Curby Adopt Storm Drains in this video

Latest Clean up Photos

For all clean up photos, go to the Adopt-a-Stream Clean Ups Photo Gallery

Lose Harpeth 10-13
Lose & Associates clean-up of Harpeth River 10/19/13