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TreePeople Urge Southlanders to Save the Rain

By catching runoff and using a rain barrel to irrigate a flower bed or potted plants, home gardeners can help conserve water, says Beverly Hills-based nonprofit.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The founder of the long-standing nonprofit environmental group TreePeople urged Angelenos this Earth Day to save rainwater for trees and plants around their homes.

"On this Earth Day it's more important than ever that people start capturing water and using it save the plants around their homes and the trees around town," Lipkis said, adding that trees in Los Angeles parks are dying due to a lack of rain water.

By catching runoff and using a rain barrel to irrigate a flower bed or potted plants, home gardeners can help conserve water, according to Andy Lipkis, founder of TreePeople. A statewide drought was declared in January after three years of below-normal rainfall.

Capturing rainfall in Los Angeles can help create a local, climate- resistant water supply, he said.

The average Los Angeles resident uses 123 gallons per day, he said.

"If we save five, or 10 or 20 gallons through this work, it makes a huge, huge difference," Lipkis said.

A free workshop on how to create a climate-friendly urban landscape is set for May 3 at the TreePeople headquarters, 12601 Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills.

"When they find out how easy it is and how good it feels and that your own water capture is able to help you grow your own food, it becomes addictive," Lipkis said.

The organization is offering $10 rain barrels after rebates. Orders, which are being taken now, can be picked up on April 26 at the TreePeople's Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase at Grandview Elementary School, 3877 Grandview Blvd. in Los Angeles. Orders can be placed at http://www.rainbarrelsintl.com/events-order.asp?id=45.

--City News Service


dr.rgm April 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM
You have got to be kidding. The City needs to stop approving swimming pools and 11,000 square foot houses in the Sand Section where residents are close enough to walk to the beach. I am afraid the horse has left the barn. And BTW what rain are we catching?
George April 23, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Is it safe to drink the water collected from the barrels?
Stuart Ebert April 24, 2014 at 04:15 PM
One day in the not too distant future when Los Angeles is abandoned and covered with mounds of wind-blown sand, archaeologists will at first be puzzled, then amused at the rain barrels. Thousands and thousands of empty . . . plastic . . . rain barrels . . .
Scott Zwartz April 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM
If LA is low on water, why is Garcetti paving over everything he can. He wanted "In-fill" projects, e.g. backyards of r-1 homes will have extra houses. Lot which are too small for regulation buildings will be able to build with no set backs and go extra high. By the nature Infill projects remove earth where water can seep into the group. Garcetti's InFill projects and the massive mixed-use projects not only remove the open space where water can soak into the ground but are designed to bring hundreds of thousands more people requiring more water be brought to LA. Of course, the irony is that people also vote with their feet and people are fleeing L.A. nonetheless, the mixed-use projects still remove the open space so that water may soak into the ground. Look at one of Garcetti's love children, e.g. the Metro station across from his old office at Hollywood and Western. 100% pavement.
George April 27, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Garcetti was elected and sadly, he is someone born with a silver spoon. He is were he is today because of his father. I did not support him as mayor and hoped the black heavy set lady would win the mayorship. Se is REALLY deserving of that position. (I can't remember her name?)

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