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San Franciscans Are Naming Their Storm Drains & it’s Amazing

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Meteorologists and local news channels have been pretty creative in labeling the recent storm systems in California. We’ve seen ‘bomb cyclone’, ‘atmospheric river’ and even ‘pineapple express’.  Storm naming aside, what we can all agree on is that flooding has been a real problem statewide in January 2023.

Perhaps the smartest program to combat flooding in our fair city is the ‘adopt a drain’ program via SF Water Power Sewer @MySFPUC, where San Francisco’s citizens sign up to take care of their own neighborhood drains…and as a reward get to name their drain.

Yes that’s right, if you formally adopt a drain and take on the responsibility of keeping it clear of debris, (and consequentially our streets free of floods) you also get to name your drain:

As you may have guessed many of the names San Franciscans have come up with are hilarious:

Local Warriors fans named their drains: “Drainmond Green & and Andrain Iguodala”

On Castro Street Miguel named his adopted drain:  “It’s Draining Men”

In Noe Valley Linda named her drain: “Trump’s Dumpster Mouth”.

Near the Presidio a resident named their drain: “Nancy Pelosi’s insider Draining”

A Market St. drain adopter called theirs: “Willow’s Dirty Furby Hole”…because, why not?

You can look and see all of SF’s hilarious drain names at the interactive map:, more importantly, YOU can adopt a drain and name it whatever you want too!

There are 25,000+ drains in SF and many still need guardians!


Adopt a Drain SF Today! All info here.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve
    January 5, 2023 at 11:51 am — Reply

    I adopted my corner drain, which is “Steve’s sparkling sewer” – I also keep an eye on the other 2 drains across the street. Important program – adopt your nearby drain and help avoid keep our City moving during rainstorms!

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