A few days ago The New York Times published an article about Los Angeles redoing its alleys to capture stormwater. Remember that California is still in a drought, and since this idea has already been successful in other big cities, Los Angeles has tried it too.
With the use of drains and paving material that allows water to seep through, the stormwater flowing from the green alleys goes into underground storage containers.
"The newest alley...is expected to capture more than 700,000 gallons of water a year. A nearby alley, completed in 2015, saved more than 750,000 gallons in its first year."
What a cool idea to capture water that is so precious in California that would be lost otherwise.
To learn more about drought, visit our Drought webpage on DrinkTap.