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Urban Stormwater: New Water Supply for Drought-Stricken California

Urban Stormwater: New Water Supply for Drought-Stricken California

Rammohan, P., and West T.
Published In: 
World Water,  
October 2015

Prolonged drought conditions in California have brought about unprecedented reforms in both statewide and regional policies on water usage, including a recent Executive Order which mandates a statewide 25 reduction in water usage. Additionally, $7.12billion will be authorized for state water supply infrastructure projects. As a result, stormwater is being identified more than ever as a valuable water resource, overcoming its long-hold stigma as wastewater that runs down sidewalks, roads and driveways before entering the storm drains and flowing in to the river. This article describes groundbreaking projects underway in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the City of Oxnard, and local agencies, and shows how managing urban storm is showering benefits in this area.

Rammohan, P., and West T. "Urban Stormwater: New Water Supply for Drought-Stricken California." World Water. Vol 38(5), pp: 14-15, 2015.