City Tests Stormwater Features
The Department of Utilities in Sacramento, California, has identified more than $280 million in stormwater projects that are in need of upgrades in the next few years. The city hopes to follow the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s aggressive stormwater recapture plan and capitalize on this available resource.
“While urban stormwater runoff is a significant contributor to water pollution in many parts of the state, it is also a largely untapped water source,” said a representative of the State Water Resources Control Board. The department will test various capture features and technologies to see how they perform in different soil types and conditions, as well as how efficiently they can be managed.
One inch of rain over the city equals almost as much water as Sacramento uses each month. Upgrading to permeable streets and pavement, and installing rain barrels and cisterns, could help the city irrigate through California’s current drought.