Los Angeles County collects 33 billion gallons of rainwater in recent storms

Good news has surfaced in Los Angeles County's ongoing battle with water scarcity. The Los Angeles County Public Works Department announced Monday that more than 33 billion gallons of stormwater have been captured in the early months of the...

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savvysearch
savvysearch
511 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Rainwater capture is important if only to remind Angelenos how much concrete covers so much of the city and prevents groundwater recharge. California is blessed with this natural water resource that we’ve just built over to prevent recharging. But in terms of projects, wastewater recycling is more important.

If we can invest in wastewater recycling infrastracture (which is the most realistic because Orange County just next door has proven it), it would relieve the city of needing all of these ambitious dramatic plans to capture rainwater, and it would annoy us off a lot less seeing all that water draining into the ocean.

secretceowood
secretceowood
143 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Upvote to improve visibility because I think awareness is key to improving our water supply, but California has been pretty innovative in developing better methods of collecting rainwater. You can actually view all the water data on California Reservoirs levels updated hourly at https://engaging-data.com/​ca-reservoir-dashboard/

Gloidin
Gloidin
74 · 15 days ago · Reddit

LA county has ~9.8 million people, at 100 gal/​person/​day, that 33B gal will last about 33 days if we only use captured water.

Not entirely sure why KTLA chose the 816k population. To sound more optimistic?

niewinski
niewinski
60 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Lady on NPR said it would still takes years of above normal precipitation to fill all the reservoirs. The Colorado River is most important.

reasonable_person118
reasonable_person118
34 · 15 days ago · Reddit

I vaguely recall that there was a small movement afoot to get on the ballot in 2008 a proposition where more monies were to be diverted towards water preservation and conservation Of course, this wasn't popular enough to get on the ballot.

What did get enough support was the bullet train proposition. We all know how that is going. Californians need to start demanding action on this issue but it isn't sexy enough unfortunately.

SecretRecipe
SecretRecipe
33 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Just to put it in perspective thats enough water for 100k homes for 1 year.

Considering there are 3.5 million homes in the county were not putting much of a dent in the needs.

dba1990
dba1990
10 · 15 days ago · Reddit

33 billion gallons

Barely a drip of the trillions of daily gallons needed to replenish the Colorado River and nearby aquifers/​reservoirs along the U.S. southwest.

SilentRunning
SilentRunning
8 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Imagine how much we could collect if we had something like Tokyo's underground system.

livingfortheliquid
livingfortheliquid
6 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Sounds amazing until you realize that LA only collects 20% of rain.