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Los Angeles Handing Out Free Rain Barrels

Los Angeles Handing Out Free Rain Barrels
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How to save a drought ridden state? Well, in California they are handing out free rain barrels. A rainwater harvesting pilot program in Los Angeles is testing out whether this small step might prove an simple solution for the state's water shortage and the environmental harm cause by urban runoff as the sewage system overflow at heavy rainfall.

Ebba Akerman
  • 23 july 2009

Image Credit: Getty Images, Derek Wood Photography/Flickr

How to save a drought ridden state? Well, in California they are handing out free rain barrels. A rainwater  harvesting pilot program in Los Angeles is testing out whether this small step might prove an simple solution for the state’s water shortage and the environmental harm cause by urban runoff as the sewage system overflow at heavy rainfall.

Capturing rainwater directly on the property and using it for irrigation, will not only lower water bills but reduce the amount of polluted water reaching rivers and oceans as it runs across town.

This really should not be looked at as a revolutionary “pilot project” but rather should be labeled a “common sense project”. When did the City of Angels stop using rain barrels in the first place? Starting now, 600 residents and business in a selected areas will be participating in this free rain barrel program. The $250 estimated value of equipment is covered by the government, who is also handling the installation.

Via: green LA girl

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