Los Angeles faces critical challenges to ensure water security and climate resilience.
LOS ANGELES IMPORTS WATER
Roughly 60% of the water supply in the County of Los Angeles is imported from another region. Local groundwater and recycled wastewater supply the rest. Imported water nearly equals the amount of water which we let flow out to the ocean in any year.
7.6 BILLION GALLONS
GALLONS LOST IN A STORM
During a storm, roughly 7.6 billion gallons of fresh water drain straight out to the ocean instead of soaking in to the ground. Most of the city’s stormwater is managed through an extensive network of concrete street gutters, storm drains, and flood control channels.
SWIMMING POOLS & LAWNS
Californians use an average of 196 gallons of water per day. ~70% of that water is used outdoors to water plants or fill swimming pools. With the price of importing water going up and droughts becoming more frequent, we need to change our habits.
Water LA activates Angelenos
to capture, conserve, and reuse
local water sources
in the Yards and parkways of private residences
through nature–based solutions.
Water LA Strategies
A home retrofit consists of simple strategies meant to capture, store and reuse water on homeowner's properties. These strategies make a home climate-resilient and have great benefits.
To date, Water LA has helped residents complete over 130 urban acupuncture projects that capture, conserve, and reuse water at homes throughout Los Angeles.