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Paint the drains – Auckland Regional Council

The Auckland Regional Council have established an annual Paint the Drains program, encouraging schools around the Auckland Region to decorate the area around stormwater drains to remind all who pass by that they drain straight to streams and waterways.

Paint the drains entry
Paint the Drains
Keep water in and pollution out!

Each school is given a set of variously coloured bright paints from Resene to create their masterpieces. The resulting artworks are as varied as they are colourful, each underpinned by a very positive and educational message.

If you want to paint your own paint the drain messages, we normally recommend Resene solid colour testpots (or small pots of Resene Lumbersider). These are ideal as they are exterior grade paint and available in a huge range of colours. They are suitable for use by children and adults. Cover the drain while the painting is being done so no paint can accidentally go down the drain. If the drain is in a high foot traffic area then consider using Resene Non-Skid Deck & Path, which is a slip resistant finish.

Wrap brushes in reusable plastic between coats or overnight to keep paint fresh and minimise clean up and waste. All paints supplied are Environmental Choice approved Resene paints with low odour and easy wash up in water.

Here's a small taste of the works from 2005-2008...

Inspiration from 2008

Beachlands School - Lend a hand to care for the sea - only drain rain
Beachlands School

Howick Intermediate School - Do not pollute
Howick Intermediate

Pinehurst - Don't let rubbish in!

Paint the Drains entry

Plastic bags in my sea look like jelly-fish to me

Poison the sea, poison me

Paint the Drains entry

Outside drains only for rain

Inspiration from 2007

Botany Downs School - Just put water here
Botany Downs School

Botany Downs School - Save our sea
Botany Downs School

Save the drain for rain

Don't be mean, Keep it clean

Paint The Drains entry

Paint The Drains entry

I feel pain when you put waste down the drain

Paint the Drains entry from Belmont School
Belmont School

Sherwood School - Only drain rain
Sherwood School

Paint the Drains entry from Te Atatu Peninsula School
Te Atatu Peninsula School

Paint the Drains entry from Windy Ridge School
Windy Ridge School

Northcross Intermediate - Save my race, don't drain waste
Northcross Intermediate

Inspiration from 2006


Inspiration from 2005

Save the drain for rain 16

Save the drain for rain 17




Save the drain for rain 12




Save the drain for rain 8

Pollution Causes Pain

Tip No Waste

Feed me clean water only


Glenbrook 2

Glenbrook 1

Glenbrook 4

Hard at work

Angry Fish

Drain Man


Worm on hook


View Resene's Drains for rain registration information


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