Capturing LA’s ‘Liquid Gold:’ The County’s Bold Plan for Replicating the Water Balance
Los Angeles County has a bold plan to use green infrastructure to supplement water supply
Los Angeles County is looking to harness the power of stormwater runoff as it faces extreme weather conditions and an expanding population. Today most of the region’s precious rainfall is lost because of inadequate infrastructure. But that water could meet the needs of 2.5 million people for a year and could bring multiple benefits to communities throughout the region.
The vision for the county’s Safe, Clean Water for LA Program is that investments in green (stormwater) infrastructure could improve public health, enhance local water resources, increase access to green space in neighborhoods, and create green jobs in communities across the LA region.
Advocates hope to build support for green infrastructure designed to capture and store a largely untapped resource that could help quench the county’s constant demand for water – and provide multiple benefits for L.A.’s communities.
Collaborate at regional level to bring multi-benefit rainwater capture projects to communities
If approved, the expansive undertaking would build on top of an existing network designed to capture and store groundwater. The initiative also seeks to enhance regional cooperation between the over 200 local governments and agencies who oversee water resources throughout the County, reports Mark Pestrella, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Works.
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