An article on a Los Angeles television website mentioned an innovative program being rolled out by the City of Los Angeles. The city is distributing one thousand 45-50 gallon repurposed soda syrup barrels for the purpose of collecting rainwater during the rainy season in this drought stricken Southern California area. The barrels were donated by the Coca Cola Company to “Keep Los Angeles Beautiful”. The barrels will be distributed to residents of Los Angeles who participate in a seminar for harvesting rain water. These seminars are currently full. They will teach residents how to install the rain barrel and other water harvesting techniques.
The water collected by these methods can be used to irrigate the vegetation in the yard and garden during times when it is hot and dry. With 4 years of past drought conditions in some western communities this could make all the difference, maintaining healthy firewise landscape around the home. Installing rain barrels to gutter systems of western drought stricken homes may provide an excellent alternative to providing enough water along with utilizing firewise xeriscape plantings to maintain a nice green zone within the first two Firewise Zones.