California Storms Feed Systems Set Up To Capture Rainwater

LOS ANGELES (AP) – As Californians tally the damage from recent storms, some are taking stock of the rainwater captured by cisterns, catches, wells, and underground basins – some of them built in the last couple of years to help a state wracked by decades of drought. The banked rainwater is a rare bright spot from downpours that killed at least 20 people, crumbled hillsides and damaged thousands of homes. In rural parts of the state, depleted groundwater basins got a boost thanks to the storms. And Los Angeles County collected enough water from the storms to supply roughly 800,000 people for a year.