[Narrator] “Every spring and summer, storm drains help keep Regina roads clear, and properties dry.”
Footage of a residential street in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Water flows into a storm drain.
“Keeping 22,000 storm drains clean and flowing freely takes a lot of teamwork.”
Close up of a mother and her two sons walking down a street in Regina with rakes and brooms.
“Regina residents can adopt and name storm drains across the city, to help prevent flooding in their neighborhoods.”
Back of a man walking down an alley wearing a fluorescent yellow vest. He rakes the pile of leaves away from storm drain.
“Taking care of our storm drain is easy and a great way to give back to our community.”
Mother standing in-between her two sons holding rakes and brooms.
“We named ours Stormy.”
Close up of the youngest son with a blue shirt holding the handle of a rake.
“We check on Stormy now and again, especially before and after a heavy rainfall, to make sure he isn't covered with litter or leaves.”
Mother and her sons rake leaves away from their storm drain. They pick up and put the leaves in a garbage bin.
“When I see that Darth Drainy is blocked, I go and grab my rake to clean up the leaves, to prevent water pooling up on the street.”
Man wearing a yellow vest looks into the camera. He then rakes leaves away from the storm drain.
“Darth Drainy takes good care of us, and now I get to take care of him.”
Man on the left side of the screen looks at the camera.
“This is a fun way for our family to give back and protect our environment and waterways.”
Mother and her sons scoop leaves into a garbage bin. Mother smiles at her sons.
“I clean up the garbage, so it doesn't hurt the fish.”
The eldest son who is wearing a grey shirt holds a rake looks at the camera.
“Darth Drainy needs a little more attention in spring and fall, but generally isn't too needy.”
Shovel moving snow away from drain.
Close up of a man wearing a yellow vest.
[Narrator] “To adopt a storm drain visit: regina.ca/stormdrain to choose and name your storm drain, then watch for an email from the city with your welcome package.”
Website appears with a white map of Regina with blue markers of the storm drains. A box appears on the right side and “Stormy” types in the name box.
“This program helps to keep our neighborhoods vibrant places to live, work, and play.”
Man wearing a yellow vest walks towards the camera holding a rake and a paper bag. Mother and her sons walk away holding rakes, brooms and carrying a garbage bin.
Text appears across the screen with a link to regina.ca/stormdrain. The Regina logo appears in the middle of the screen
By adopting and caring for a storm drain, you:
- Protect public and private property from street flooding.
- Protect water quality by keeping leaves and debris from flowing into Wascana Creek.
- Provide a fun way to get your family involved in giving back to the community.
How to Adopt a Storm Drain
1. Choose your storm drain on the interactive map.
- Click the map edit icon on the top menu bar.
- Provide name and email contact.
- Give your storm drain a “grate” name.
2. Check your email for a welcome package.
3. Let the storm drain caring begin!
How to Care for Your Storm Drain
Caring for your storm drain is simple! The best time to check on your storm drain is before and after a heavy rainfall, before the snow melts and when trees lose their leaves. Check to make sure your storm drain is clear of leaves, debris, and litter.
If your storm drain is blocked, use a rake, broom or shovel and dustpan to clear leaves and debris away from the storm drain. Avoid pushing leaves and debris into the storm drain or onto the street. Once the storm drain is cleaned, the water can flow freely into the storm drain and prevent pooling water or flooding.
Your safety is very important to us. If you cannot clean the storm drain because it is unsafe, already flooded, frozen, or for any other reason please call Service Regina at 306-777-7000.
Safety Guidelines & Tips
Safely remove debris
- Don’t use your hands to remove debris from the storm drain. Use a rake or shovel to remove debris into a garbage bag. Leaves and branches can be put into a paper bag or container and taken to the Yard Waste Depot to be composted.
- Stay visible with bright clothing or a safety vest when clearing your storm drain.
- We recommend wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes from any flying debris off the storm drain.
Be mindful of traffic
- Be aware of traffic and stand on the curb to remove debris whenever possible.
- Only cross the street at designated crossing areas, not mid-block.
- Never pick up hazardous items such as needles, broken glass, or deceased animals.
- Report hazardous material to Service Regina at 306-777-7000.
Storm drain grate
- Do not attempt to remove a storm grate.
- If a storm grate is damaged or missing, report it to Service Regina at 306-777-7000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about adopting a storm drain.
How often should I clear my storm drain?
Your storm drain should be cleared before and after each rainfall and when the trees lose their leaves.
How do I care for my storm drain in the winter?
Use landmarks to help locate your storm drain over the winter months. Clear away the snow from your storm drain after every heavy snowfall.
Why is it important to clear storm drains?
The City has invested in our drainage system to help protect properties in large storm events and spring melt.
We need to protect the environment and our waterways. Everything that enters the storm drains go directly into Wascana Creek untreated. Household products that enter the drains can affect the health of our creeks, rivers and the land surrounding them, as well as the health of wildlife and fish that rely on these waterways.
I cleared my storm drain and water is still not flowing. What do I do?
We recommend you wait 24 hours to see if the storm drain starts to drain on its own. If after 24 hours the storm drain is still not draining the water Call Service Regina at 306-777-7000.
Can I adopt more than one storm drain?
Absolutely! You can adopt as many storm drains as you’d like. Make sure that you only take on as many as you can care for. Be sure to enter the same email address and the storm drains will be added to your profile.
How long do I have to adopt a storm drain?
You can choose to adopt a storm drain for 1, 2 or 5 years. After the requested time, the storm drain will become available on the interactive map for others to adopt.
Can I opt out after I have adopted a storm drain?
You can cancel your adoption at any time. Please notify the City so that we can offer this storm drain to another person or family who may want to adopt this location.
Can I paint my adopted storm drain?
We ask that you do not paint your storm drain as some paints can be toxic. Remember that anything that gets washed into the storm drain goes directly into our waterways untreated.