Rain Barrels & Cisterns

TreePeople To Host Rainwater Harvesting Workshops

We’re not used to seeing rainy weather in October here in LA, but that’s exactly what we got earlier this month. The showers reminded those with rain barrels that it was time to get them ready for the coming winter rains. And, the falling rain drops were the prefect prompt for those Angelenos who are…

Roll Out the Rain Barrels

Even though LA often doesn’t see its first significant rain event until November or December, October does signify the “official” start of the rainy season here in Southern California as is evidenced by the rain we’re seeing this month. And, with California’s drought far from over, it’s still vital that Angelenos conserve water and harvest rainwater.…

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7 Ways LA is Ready for El Niño

El Niño is coming, and if predictions are correct, Los Angeles could get more than of 30 inches of rain in the next twelve months. That would make it the rainiest season since El Niño tracking began in the 1950s. For our drought-stricken Southland, the prospect of rain is great news. However, rain in Los…

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10 Ways to Weather El Niño

With California battling its fourth year of severe drought, it’s no wonder the prospect of an El Niño rainy season gets us excited. If current predictions are correct, LA could get more than 30 inches of rain in the next 12 months! Unfortunately, all of that rainfall will likely bring flooding and mudslides, as well as…

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Preparing for El Niño and El Monstruo

It’s been almost two decades since the last strong El Niño, but in the wake of Tropical Storm Dolores that dumped record-breaking amounts of rain on Los Angeles last month, many are speculating that our region’s next El Niño may already be here. Talk to experts and you’ll hear that the weather phenomenon sports a…

First-Time Rain Barrel Owner [Interview]

Jan Flor had never given much thought to owning a rain barrel. But when she heard in November 2014 that Keep Los Angeles Beautiful was giving away free 55-gallon rain barrels that had been repurposed from Coca-Cola corn syrup tubs, she rushed to sign up. “I thought, Wow, this would be a really easy way…

Rainwater Harvesting How-To

Even in good times, Los Angeles isn’t breaking records for rainfall. We get only about 15 inches each year—mostly in the winter and early spring. But coming off the driest year on record, the potential for a series of storms this week makes us giddy. You can make the most of the soaker by installing…

An Interview with Rainwater Harvester Christopher McKinnon

Rain barrels are pretty neat. They connect to downspouts and capture water so that it doesn’t run into the storm drains after a heavy rain, ultimately reducing the pollution that makes it into our waterways. The collected water can then be used for various purposes like watering a garden or plants. The LA Stormwater Program…

5 Ways To Make Your Home Water-Friendly

  When the urban runoff from thousands of individual homes in LA comes together, whether it’s from wasteful practices or natural rainfall, it can end up carrying trash, debris, oil, grease, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals, in addition to bacteria and viruses, into our local waterways. Clearly, this has a huge impact on our local…

How LA Rolled Out The Barrels

When a program is 400% oversubscribed, you know you’ve got a winner. That’s what we found out over the last two years with the Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Program conducted by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the California Coastal Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program. In fact, we at LA Stormwater are so…

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