The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued new regulations aimed at encouraging communities to install rainwater catchment systems, according to the New York Times.
Officials hope that these projects would keep runoff pollution out of waterways and help bolster groundwater supplies, which could be used for drinking water.
“If you think about how much money we spend getting water to Los Angeles from elsewhere, the potential for rainwater capture is great,” he said. “Integrating that goal into a plan to deal with storm water before it becomes a problem is a big innovation coming out of Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles County lawmakers have proposed a fee on property owners that would raise money to finance the projects, which has drawn criticism from taxpayers who say the fees would be a burden on local economies.