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Los Angeles might require rainwater capture

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2010

Los Angeles might require rainwater capture

The proposed law would apply to new home-building, larger developments and some redevelopment projects to prevent runoff from reaching the ocean. A builders group has voiced some objections.

I have a suggestion: require our most recent larger developments (800 High, Arbor Real development, Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, College Terrace Centre, expansion at the Stanford Medical Center) to capture rainwater. Do we have information about the water usage of these developments?
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Do we have information about the water usage of these developments?

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

it is a measure of elitism in the economy that projects such as rainwater capture that would tend to close the loop in the environment and make our way of life more sustainable are looked at as being too expensive for the group of people who make huge profits off development the way it is. ideas such as this should be tried, and when they are proven should be implemented enthusiastically by everyone as yeilding progress and work for people. we do things backward, not for the value of getting something done, but for the profit possible when there is a catastrophe, disaster, or shortage.

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Posted by Odd markets
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

It is very simple..if you live somewhere that is unsustainable in supporting itself, figure out a way to support yourself.

LA has little natural access to water..catch you water!

What is the big deal?

If I choose to live in the Amazon, I have to figure out how to stay dry..if I choose a desert, I have to figure out how to get water. Don't expect others to do it for you.

If you live on the beach of an ocean, don't expect others to bail you out when you get wiped out from a sliding cliff, .or in the south..from a hurricane.

If you live in a known flood plain,don't expect others to bail you out when you flood.

Choose life wisely.

What do you think would happen if we went back to paying our own prices for our own choices?

Builders would HAVE to assure home buyers of water and voila..incentive naturally built in. Right now there is no reason to build in water conservation/capture homes because we transport water from those with "more" to those with "less".

Basic principal at work here..redistribution of resources of any kind result in odd markets.

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