The Brooks family wanted to take action, but did not know if urban acupuncture strategies could work for them with their house and pool being surrounded by concrete. After consulting with the Water LA experts, the Brooks were empowered to go all out with the appropriate strategies for the space they had: this included a rain tank, an edible garden, a greywater system, and the biggest infiltration trenches and longest parkway retrofit in the neighborhood!
Partnering with WaterLA
The Brooks participated in Water LA workshops to learn how to assess their property for all of the possible strategies. They volunteered at work parties, brought food dishes made from their edible garden, and are committed stewards of their garden and projects. The edible garden and fruit trees watered by their greywater system help them grow their own food, and have also helped to inspire healthier living.
The Brooks have also been an asset for outreach, helping to find volunteers for maintenance on the Woodman Avenue Median, and to spread the word to their neighbors about capturing, conserving, and reusing water.
Economic and Environmental Impact
With the implementation of the 6 WaterLA strategies, the Brooks family is saving up to 87,000 gallons of water and more than $550 on their water bill every year!
Water LA Strategies Implemented
The following strategies were used:
- Edible Gardens
- Infiltration Trenches
- Native Planting
- Parkway Gardens
- Rain Tanks