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With simple steps, you can play an important role in keeping pollution out of Philadelphia's rivers and streams. Check below for tips, project ideas and programs to help reduce stormwater runoff at your home.

Rain Check

Rain Check is a Philadelphia Water Department program that helps residents manage stormwater at their homes. Participants can either get a free rain barrel or get a downspout planter, rain garden or porous paving installed at a reduced price.

Rain Barrel
Rain Barrel
Rain Barrel
Downspout Planter
Rain Garden
Rain Garden

Porous Paving


Clean Stormwater Tips

Many of our everyday activities can have a negative effect on our city's water resources. With a few basic changes, we can all help minimize stormwater runoff and pollution. Take a look at these simple things you can do at home to improve the health of our streams and rivers.

Auto Maintenance

Lawn & Garden Care

Pet Waste

Winter Ice Removal

Backyard Buffer


Green Home Projects

From South Philadelphia to Mount Airy, city residents are finding innovative ways to manage stormwater while beautifying their homes and yards. Use the links below to find helpful advice and instructions on how to green your own home.

Green Roofs

Porous Pavement

Rain Gardens

Rain Barrels


Wildflower Meadow

Container Garden

Depave Your Yard

Downspout Planter

Dry Well


For more information: A Homeowner's Guide To Stormwater Management

Recycling and Cleanup

The Streets Department sponsors many programs that are integral to making Philadelphia and its watersheds a cleaner and better place to live.

Water Main Breaks

Learn why water mains break and what to expect when a break occurs. For reporting water and sewer emergencies such as water main breaks, call the Water Emergency Hotline open 24 hours a day: 215-685-6300.


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