How do we stop the drain on California’s water supply? In the article, How much storm water is LA catching?, author Sharon McNary describes Southern California’s recent efforts to improve stormwater capture and what still needs to be done. In our recent blogs we’ve reiterated the urgency for California to embrace stormwater capture if they don’t want to see valuable water supplies going down the drain and into the Pacific.
On a high-note, more than 22 billion gallons of stormwater has been collected since California’s rainy season began in October 2016. However, experts like Mark Gold of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability shed light on California’s stormwater inadequacies.
(Left, Morris Dam/East of Los Angeles)
“I think this storm here has really demonstrated where the shortcomings are in our local water system,” Gold said. “We’ve barely scratched the surface on what we can do in the eastern San Fernando Valley in trying to capture more of that precious rainfall from the sky and have it actually infiltrate into the ground and get into our groundwater supply.” (Gold/McNary)
Imagine multiplying those 22 billion gallons of collected stormwater three, four times with the help of drywells and other drainage solutions.
“You see a storm year like this and you see all the water that ends up going through the LA River and Ballona Creek and Dominguez Channel, and you say, “Wow. That could have been our water supply for the next year,” Gold said. (Gold/McNary)
What good is all of this rain without the proper infrastructure in place to capture it? Looking to the future, recently passed Prop 1 will introduce $7.5 billion in new funding for water projects. Like Gold, we’d like to see the state put money towards stormwater capture projects that will create sustainable water supplies.
Practical solutions begin with drywells. Not only are drywells a small footprint stormwater management solution, they come with an affordable price tag. Torrent is ready to help California take steps in the right direction towards sustainable water supplies – are you?
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