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Adopt A Catch Basin


The JCMUA has revamped the "Adopt a Catch Basin" program for the City of Jersey City. The objective of this program is to connect with local community members, while also learning the importance of keeping your catch basin clean. Creating awareness can motivate responsible disposal of garbage.

Cleaning catch basins on a consistent basis can prevent litter from discharging into the sewer system. Although, catch basins are designed to collect storm water, debris and litter can also enter the sewer system through the drains. If not removed, debris can end up in our streams and rivers.


Jersey City is equipped with 21 netting facilities. Each net collects floatables that slip through the catch basins. Floatables can include leaves, bottles, plastic bags, and other debris. Depending on the location nets can remove 3000 to 5000 pounds of waste. Although nets are removed and replaced every two months or after a heavy rainfall,  if inundated debris can still enter our waterways. It is important we care for our catch basins properly to eliminate this possibility. 


  • Sweep Trash From Top Of Basin And Dispose In Nearest Garbage Receptacle.
  •  Clear Drain After Heavy Rainfall And Snowfall.
  •  If You Think Your Catch Basin Is Full Or Not Draining Properly Please Contact Us At (201) 432 -1150 For A Deep Cleaning.
  •  Post Pictures Of Your Catch Basin On Social Media Using Hashtag #Cleanwaterjc

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Each resident can choose to have their catch basin painted. All we ask is for the resident to provide an image. The image is submitted to an artist and reviewed by both the artist and JCMUA staff. Once approved, a date and time is set for your catch basin to be painted.


Please locate the catch basin you would like to adopt on the map. If it is available, please fill out the form below.

Pledge to keep your catch basin clean by filling out the form below


Email Address:

Catch Basin Location (Street Corner):




Are you a local artist interested in painting a catch basin? Please contact us at (201) 432 - 1150 or fill out the form above and write "artist" in message box.