Rainwater harvesting coming to city near you?

February 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm 2 comments

I have been an advocate of rainwater harvesting and redirecting for a long time.  It looks like the City of Los Angeles is going to make it law finally!  In an article on Treehugger (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/los-angeles-may-get-mandatory-rainwater-harvesting-law.php?campaign=th_rss_science)

it looks like it may become law sometime in 2011. It looks to be a pretty well designed law, but of course the devil is always in the details

I believe that adoption of this is going to take some pretty extensive marketing on the City’s part.  Developer’s are going to be making the calculation on which is cheaper, the on-site improvements or the fine. We need to get to the point where the only thought is how to make this happen.  This will only come about if solutions that are acceptable to the City planners are put forward to the developer rather than waiting for the developers to propose them.  It is this back and forth game that is what puts the uncertainty in this process  and the frustration on the developer’s part.  The solutions proposed by the City have to be pleasing to the eye as well as practical to implement.

This is very important and I hope they put together a great program, the health of the area’s water supply may depend on it.

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  • 1. Stefan  |  February 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hi,
    I agree … “We need to get to the point where the only thought is how to make this happen. This will only come about if solutions that are acceptable to the City planners are put forward to the developer rather than waiting for the developers to propose them.” However, not only should this be achieved through large-scale city planning efforts, but also on a local level, say in single households – in my opinion. I believe that raising awareness on a “local” level on the topic of rainwater harvesting is what is needed more in the USA and other “industrialized” countries. I am trying to summarize useful information and helpful products / links on the topic of rainwater harvesting on my webpage, http://www.watercollect.com During my research on this topic, I found that the relevant equipment is often relatively easy to install and also affordable – products are available to support rainwater harvesting in families / households or even larger communities. Low cost water tanks, rain barrel diverters, portable water storage tanks, rain water barrels, and rainwater cisterns are only some of them. A small local step can have a major global impact…

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  • 2. david  |  December 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

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