Catch Basins

Catch Basin Information

Catch basin
Catch basins provide vital flood control.

Catch Basins (also known as storm drains) are an often overlooked part of the City's infrastructure. They are usually located within a curb and are a vital part of flood control, allowing water to quickly drain from the streets. If these basins get clogged by trash or other debris—even snow and ice—flooding may result or other dangerous conditions may occur.

Many catch basins in the District are connected to the storm sewers, which may drain directly into area waterways. Others connect to combined sewers and, if clogged, may cause overflow events.

Help keep catch basins clear. By not tossing garbage or used motor oil into the catch basin, you can help prevent flooding and also protect our sensitive waterways.

DC Water's cleaning schedule

Every year DC Water conducts a systematic review and cleaning of all catch basins in the district. The map below shows is the proposed schedule of basin cleaning to help you find out when we will be servicing the catch basin on your street. Click on a area to get the schedule information or Download here (PDF 1.0 mb) .

Catch Basin Map

DC Water makes available the location of individual catch basins. Anyone with broadband Internet may access information through a Google Earth application, locating a specific catch basin by address. Individuals without DSL or broadband can use computers at a public library. The District of Columbia Public Library offers public access to the Internet at various library branches and can be contacted at (202) 727-0321 for more information.

If you see a damaged catch basin, please call DC Water's 24-hour Emergency Line at (202) 612-3400.

Click here to download a google earth data file showing the location of all known catch basins in DC. (KMZ 665 kb) .

Use of WHIS requires proper installation of the Google Earth software package on your computer. It is available as a free download from Google.

Open the guide how to download and install Google Earth.

Minimum System Requirements
  Windows Macintosh
OS Windows 2000 or later OS X 10.4 or later
Memory 128 MB  
Processor Pentium III or better At least 500 Mhz, G3


The information depicted herein originates from the best-known datasets currently available to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority ("DC Water"). DC Water neither warrants nor guarantees that the description and/or information contained herein is accurate or current at the time such description/information was published; provided, however, that any such description and/or information contained herein concerning the infrastructure is only a snap-shot in time, and reflects the status at such point in time. The original data source is dynamic and is therefore constantly changing.

DC Water does not guarantee that the information that is made available in this download is fully accurate, complete or current. The material is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon or used as the sole basis for making decisions without other supplementary sources of information that could be more accurate and more current. Any reliance upon the material in this application shall be at your own risk. This site may contain certain operational information. Operational information may not be current and is provided for your reference only.


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