LA Times article notes the irony of importing water to SoCal while
building vast storm drain systems to throw away good clean rain. A
> Los Angeles is poised to adopt an ordinance that takes a step in
> that direction. Most new and redeveloped commercial, industrial and
> larger apartment projects would have to be designed to capture the
> runoff generated by the first three-quarters of an inch of rain.
> New single-family homes would have to install a rain-harvesting
> device, such as a rain barrel or a hose that diverts water from
> gutters to landscaping.
> But the proposed rules would save only a fraction of the city's
> runoff. "If we're able to convince people to do it on their own,
> there's so much more" that can be captured, said Los Angeles Public
> Works Commissioner Paula Daniels. "The really important thing to do
> is unpave and change the texture of Los Angeles."
IOW, sprawl- and driving-generated paving is a huge part of the
drought problem here.
And a link:
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