Environment & Science

On west side, Angelenos express interest in wise water use

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Los Angeles officials have chosen houses in the Mar Vista area to test a water-capturing project that involves rain barrels.

KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that the neighborhood’s interested in aggressive water-saving tactics.

Molly Peterson: The Wise Water Use Expo tomorrow night at the Mar Vista Park Auditorium will feature smart sprinklers, dual flush toilets, and barrels in which to catch rain runoff. L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl says Mar Vista and other neighborhood councils in his district have pushed for more public education on water conservation.

Bill Rosendahl: We know we have to impact the environment now. We don’t need climate change to cause the water to rise a foot and destroy our coast. We don’t need climate change to reach to such a degree that we can’t get enough water for us in southern California.

Peterson: People in Rosendahl’s district aren’t just interested in household conservation measures. They’ve also challenged some large-scale projects on the West Side – they argue that drought has affected the way development should move forward.