How Did Our Water Get Here?

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Here in LA, we expect to see clean drinking water flowing anytime we turn on a faucet. But have you ever wondered where that water comes from?

Tap water in the City of LA comes from several sources — and about 90% of it is imported. The sources we rely on primarily include:  

The Colorado River Basin and the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta  

Water from these two regions is managed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD is a water wholesaler (they sell to cities and utility agencies, which in turn sell to the public).Read more >>

How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

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If you’ve visited our headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park, you may have noticed a circular grasscrete in front of our Platinum LEED-certified Conference Center. Well, it’s not just decorative. It’s actually the top of a 216,000 gallon cistern that captures rainwater! (In fact, the visible grate marks only a portion of the entire 70’ x 8’ tank!)

What is a cistern?

When it rains, water that hits our Conference Center’s roof is diverted from gutters, as well as runoff from the surrounding parking lot and walkways.Read more >>

Be a Leader. Install a Rain Tank!

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Would you believe that this diagram represents what you can capture with just one inch of rain? Pretty impressive, huh?

Capturing stormwater is rapidly becoming part of the new LA lifestyle. After all, why use drinking water on your yard when you can harvest the rain for FREE? But before you make a purchase, do your research. It may be in your best interest to hire a landscape contractor to offer guidance tailored to your needs.

First, ask yourself these TWO questions to determine if this is a simple DIY project or if it’s time to call in a contractor.Read more >>

One Easy Step to Save LA Trees

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Did you know that it takes an acre of trees an entire year to offset the carbon dioxide produced by driving a car 26 thousand miles? In a city like Los Angeles, urban trees are essential. Currently, LA faces an opportunity to transform our city’s quality of life. We can’t do it without your help.

Recently, the City settled a class action lawsuit to fix our long neglected, broken sidewalks. The Willits settlement allocates $1.4 billion of much needed funding over the next 30 years, and provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in our sidewalks, ensuring they are accessible for all Angelenos.… Read more >>

What is #LAStormCatcher?

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Have you heard the news? TreePeople is facilitating a groundbreaking collaboration between our region’s top water agencies, with the help of the engineering firm Tetra Tech, to help fight our Stage 5 drought emergency.

The project includes the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, and the City’s Bureau of Sanitation working together to show Angelenos how the coming winter rains can be harnessed for water resilience.

The partnership, known as the Greater Los Angeles Water Collaborative, is set to unveil the first pilot site in a series of residential installations that promise to turn Los Angeles’ traditional approach to water upside down.Read more >>

Mulch Now, Plant Later

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Did you know California residents use more than 50% of our drinking water to water their yards?

It’s true! In fact, a 1,000 square foot lawn with an average sprinkler system uses about 25,000 gallons of water per year. In the midst of a historic drought, that’s precious water we simply can’t afford to waste!

Luckily, the drought is teaching us to use our resources more wisely—to let our lawns go golden, while still watering our trees — and to plant water wise natives at home.… Read more >>

Andy Lipkis Talks Superheroes at TEDx UCLA

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Do you remember the last time you stopped to really look at a tree?  They’re central to our existence, and yet we often take them for granted. We pass trees daily, without stopping to consider their many benefits—from cooling our cities and streets, to conserving water, and beyond.

In June, our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis, was invited to speak at TEDx UCLA to share how trees are the real superheroes we’ve been looking for to create a water and climate-resilient Los Angeles.… Read more >>