Storm Drains: Ins & Outs (2021)
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Sewers work best when drains are clear!
Fall leaves can lead to flooding!
We love trees! But make sure to never rake leaves into drains.
Keep out litter and pollution, too.
Only rain should go into a storm drain. Drains lead to rivers and streams.
During storms, hard surfaces (like roofs and pavement) can collect water and create runoff.
Clogged inlets prevent runoff from entering sewers. Streets and sidewalks can flood.
Philadelphia uses green infrastructure (like green roofs and permeable pavement) to prevent pollution from stormwater runoff.
Show sewers some love!
Keep drains clear. Never litter or throw trash into drains.
Who you can contact in Philadelphia:
Request a cleaning for a storm drain.
or visit www.phila.gov/311
Report a clogged storm drain or flooded street.
Call PWD: (215) 685-6300
Tips for contacting us:
Be ready to provide an address, or describe which corner or location needs attention. It helps to be specific!