If California’s water emergency has taught providers anything, it is that they must they must diversify their supply — or face dire consequences. California’s 5-year drought has affected areas of CA differently. Cities that do not have diversified water resources, such as some in the San Joaquin Valley, have to think creatively in order to form new sustainable water supplies. In an article published online by the Los Angeles Times, L.A. betting that stormwater can help ease California’s drought, we learn how the Mayor of Los Angeles is quickly making stormwater a priority.
Torrent Resources has reported in past blogs that California is slowly but consistently making strides towards implementing laws and infrastructure for stormwater capture and infiltration. The latest $29-million expansion plan launched September 8, will double in capacity by 2018 helping to wean the area off of increasingly expensive and unreliable imported water.
“The spreading grounds, a 150-acre tract of porous soil in the northeast San Fernando Valley, capture stormwater that falls from the sky or runs off from nearby mountains and hills, and allows the water to filter into a vast aquifer that can be drawn down when the resource is in short supply.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti has developed a series of water-related goals for the region as part of his Sustainable City Plan. Specifically, Garcetti has called on Los Angeles to capture 150,000 acre-feet of stormwater annually; the spreading ground expansion project is expected to help get the city about 88% of the way there by 2035.
With the Mayor in the right side of stormwater history Los Angeles and its surrounding cities can create sustainable water supplies utilizing our stormwater systems. Drywells fit nicely into low impact development designs and have been used by the City of Los Angeles on a number of green infrastructure projects.
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