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‘Drainy McDrainface’ among top names in S.F. Adopt a Drain program

A woman carries an umbrella as she crosses Market Street in San Francisco in 2014.
A woman carries an umbrella as she crosses Market Street in San Francisco in 2014. The Associated Press file

If you could give a storm drain any name you wanted, you’d name it “Drainy McDrainface,” wouldn’t you? At least, that’s one of the popular choices in San Francisco.

A city program encouraging people to name and look after neighborhood storm drains has also produced gems like “Drainmond Green.”

“Brain Drain” tops the list of popular drain names, according to a NextDoor.com post by a city employee. “Drainy McDrainface” and “Drainmond Green,” honoring Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green, rank second and third.

More than 1,700 drains have been adopted by city residents. Volunteers in the Adopt a Drain program pledge to keep their named drain clear of leaves, trash and debris, the post says.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports there are four “Drainmond Greens” across the city. Other popular choices include “Drainy McDrainerson,” “Drain the Swamp,” “Make it Drain” and “Larry.”

Of course, there’s also a “Purple Drain.”

The Chronicle says 11 other cities and districts across the U.S. and Canada have contacted the city about the program, launched in 2016.

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