Clean Drain Campaign

The Baltimore Clean Drain Campaign is a public awareness campaign to keep our homes and streams free of sewage. Baltimore schools compete in a friendly competition to collect pledges from parents, students, and city residents. Winning schools get cash prizes!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a City of Baltimore, Maryland resident? Do you want to know more about the Clean Drain Campaign? You have come to the right place. 

What is the Clean Drain Campaign?

The Clean Drain Campaign is designed to raise the awareness of Baltimore residents about proper disposal practices for cooking fats, oils, grease, and wet wipes. Proper disposal of these items can reduce the clogs that lead to sewage backups in our basement and streets, and pollution in our waterways. 

This innovative campaign will reward residents who pledge to properly use their plumbing systems by giving them a chance to direct money to a participating school of their choice. Residents can help their schools and take care of their pipes at the same time!

What schools are participating in the campaign?

  • Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr. Elementary School
  • Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
  • Robert W Coleman Elementary School
  • Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School
Who is organizing the Clean Drain Campaign, and why?
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works Department is hosting the Clean Drain Campaign as part of its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents. The Public Works department maintains the sewer system. Everyday, we see how improper disposal of fats, oils, grease, and wipes causes the sewer system to overflow into our streams. 

Many Baltimore residents experience clogged drains and basement backups for the same reason. 

The Clean Drain Campaign is a way to reward residents who pledge to properly use their plumbing systems by giving them a chance to direct money to a participating local school. People can help community members and take care of the environment at the same time.

Who is supporting the effort?

The City is grateful for the financial support received from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to support this effort. Ridge to Reefs, Blue Water Baltimore, and Water Words That Work, LLC are providing technical support. 

Who is eligible to take the pledge and assign it to a school?

Any City of Baltimore resident aged 18 and over, may take the pledge online and assign to any participating school. 

Students at the competing schools can sign a pledge poster. Schools that submit a poster signed by students will receive credit for 50 pledges, regardless of how many students actually sign the poster. 

What are the prizes for schools?

The sponsor will distribute $5,000 in cash donations to participating schools, divided proportionately based on the number of pledges that Baltimore residents assign to each school.

What are the prizes for individuals?

There are no prizes for individuals. Residents who take the pledge can assign their pledge to a participating school.