Learn How to Reclaim April Showers at Woodbury University Workshop

Apr 14, 2010, 12:41 ET from Woodbury University

BURBANK, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite heavy rains in Southern California this year, water for irrigation, washing, and bathing remains scarce and is now more expensive than ever. Yet, a typical Los Angeles home directs an average of 14,000 gallons of water down its downspouts and into the storm drain system annually. What would happen if the rain could instead be captured and used?

The Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury will offer the free workshop "Smart Systems: Rainwater Harvesting + Grey Water" on Saturday, April 17. Jenna Didier of Fountainhead Design will lead participants in assessing their water needs and resources on their property, arriving at the best water reuse strategies. Leigh Jerrard of California Greywater Corps will lead a hands-on workshop tapping into laundry machine drainage and legally reusing that water.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ahmanson Main Space at Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California. Workshops are offered in partnership with the City of Burbank as part of a major grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development/Office of University Partnerships.

A representative of the City of Burbank will be on hand to address issues of code, permits, and so forth. Through bi-lingual published material, captioned visual presentations, and student translators, the program will be available in English, Spanish, and Armenian.

The Arid Lands Institute (ALI) at Woodbury University trains designers and citizens to be inventive in the face of regional water scarcity and hydrologic variability brought on by climate change. ALI is an education and outreach center of Woodbury University with a solution-driven focus on design of the built environment, with a particular focus on the cities and landscapes of the American West.

For more information, contact Hadley and Peter Arnold, co-directors, Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University, at 818.394.3335 or aridlands@woodbury.edu.

Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture, Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development, and Master of Organizational Leadership. A San Diego campus offers bachelor of architecture and Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development degrees.

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