Soak It Up! Adoption

Soak It Up! Adoption provides grants to civic groups to help maintain the beauty and functionality of green stormwater infrastructure.


Help us preserve these unique green tools:

Rain Garden

1. Check if your organization is eligible to participate. Please review the application requirements to determine if your civic organization is eligible to join the program.

2. Complete the program application. Complete the on-line application form or download a PDF version of the form here.

3. Complete the adoption program training. Learn how green stormwater infrastructure works and how you can maintain the GSI in your neighborhood.

4. Maintain your GSI sites and complete the reporting form. Click the link to find your neighborhood specific reporting form and resources.

About the Soak It Up! Adoption Program:

In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is piloting a new grant program - Soak It Up! Adoption.

As a recipient of a $5000.00 Soak It Up! Adoption grant, your civic organization will arrange for the care of 1 or more green stormwater tools (GST), helping to make sure that the tool is litter free and that the surface of inlets and overflow drains are free of leaves and other debris.

Because of their unique ability to be built into neighborhoods, many people don’t realize what these tools are or how they benefit their communities. This is why we need you! By adopting one or more green stormwater tools you are not only helping us maintain these systems, you are serving as a model for your community!