We are back from the long holiday weekend and taking a closer look at the Los Angeles Time article written by Mark Gold that describes the optimistic vision of creating a more livable city in L.A.
Nov. 8 – Los Angeles voted to invest in infrastructure improvements.
In addition to mass transit implementation and an alternative mobility network, LA plans to build thousands of units of supportive housing for the homeless. It seems like LA is on the right track for progress but may be forgetting something – water.
The Los Angeles Times article reflects, “there is a sense that we’ve already sufficiently invested in water infrastructure. California’s $7.5 Billion Proposition I in 2014 provided funds for recycled water, stormwater capture and treatment, groundwater remediation, and safe drinking water for those deprived of that basic legal right.” Those funds were crucial for the state’s water infrastructure needs but they cannot be applied to the sustainable water infrastructure California so desperately needs – looking at you LA.
“Recent Los Angeles Department of Water and Power estimates show that we can capture and infiltrate approximately 200,000 acre-feet of runoff from the L.A. River watershed and adjacent areas, through a combination of large-scale recharge basins and smaller efforts like green streets and alleys, dry wells, infiltration trenches and cisterns.” We’ve done plenty of work with the city of L.A. on green streets and alleys project like this one here. These projects and their plans are achievable but without the proper funding it looks like stormwater stays on the back burner once again.
With a completely new board of supervisors it’s time to move stormwater off the back burner and put these plans into action. When it’s time for you to put drywells on your plans remember that our MaxWell’s have been hard at work for over 44 years. Not only can drywells improve your projects capacity for aquifer recharge but they are an affordable, small footprint stormwater management solution. Design a drywell for your next project on our website here.