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Three ways to capture rainwater in your backyard




Backyard rain capture systems come in many different sizes and shapes.
Backyard rain capture systems come in many different sizes and shapes.
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You've probably noticed the rain falling in Southern California today. And even more is expected going into the weekend. Some of that water will be lost as runoff—a big waste given the drought situation here.

But there are ways to collect these precious droplets, even in your own backyard. That's what Orange County reporter Susan Carpenter has found.

She's spent two years experimenting with how to make her Los Angeles home more water efficient and she joins us to talk about three different strategies: water walls, earthworks and rain barrels.