Mother and son clearing a street catch basin

Adopt a catch basin

Adopt a catch basin and help keep your neighbourhood a vibrant, safe, and healthy space. 

Vancouver has over 45,000 catch basins removing excess water from our streets at every rainfall. Leaves, debris, and litter can block catch basins and stop rainwater from properly draining.

When you volunteer to adopt a catch basin and keep it clear, you:

  • Protect public and private property from flooding
  • Protect water quality by keeping leaves and debris from flowing into our rivers and streams
  • Provide a fun way to involve kids in giving back to the community

Adoption in three steps

  1. Choose and name your catch basin
  2. Check your email inbox for a welcome package
  3. Let the catch basin care begin!

Adopt now

Enter our catch basin naming contest!

How to care for your catch basin

Caring for your catch basin is easy! The best time to check on your catch basin is before and after a heavy rainfall and when trees lose their leaves.

Check to make sure your catch basin is clear of leaves, debris, and litter.

If your catch basin is blocked, use a rake, broom, or shovel to push leaves and debris away from the curb and catch basin grate. This will allow water to drain into the catch basin and prevent flooding.

If you can't clear the catch basin, report non-emergency flooding online.

Your safety is important to us! Remember to follow the safety guidelines outlined in your adoption welcome package.

Contact us

Is your catch basin not on the map or do you have other questions or comments about the program?

Tell us online

Neighbourhood hero - official sealEnter the “Grate” Catch Basin Naming Contest – Win rain gear!

Enter our adopt a catch basin naming contest for a chance to win.

If your catch basin’s name is selected as one of Vancouver’s top three favourites, you could win:

  • $200 Mountain Equipment Co-op  gift certificate to go toward a rain jacket
  • $100 Kamik gift certificate to go toward a pair of Kamik rain boots
  • Exclusive City of Vancouver umbrella with a wayfinding map inside

How to enter

Contest details

Get involved with other City programs 

Adopt-a-Block Program

Keep the neighbourhood block of your choice clean, safe, and attractive. Groups, businesses, and individuals can sign up.

Remove graffiti on private property

Find out how to remove graffiti, or tagging, from your property.

Gardening on traffic calming spaces

You can volunteer to beautify traffic calming areas in your neighbourhood. Learn about becoming a Green Streets volunteer gardener.

Neighbourhood block cleanup events

Register as an individual or organize a team to help with litter pick-up and graffiti paint outs.

Adopt a catch basin contact form