The grant-funded Rain Barrel Pilot Project will convert trash cans to rain barrels and distribute them to selected single-family homeowners throughout the city.
City Councilman Tom LaBonge says the water that comes off your roof — instead of wasting it — will go through the down spout and into the barrel through a hose connection on the front, recalling the more traditional technology of a bygone era.
“They used to have spittoons, they used to have everything,” said LaBonge. “Everything old is new again.”
An estimated 14,000 gallons of water runoff is created in the average Los Angeles home every year.
Officials say rainwater harvesting will cut down on water utility bills and help ease future water shortages by reducing the amount of polluted rainwater that flows untreated into our rivers, lakes and oceans.
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