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Play Fútbol, Collect Water, Save Planet

In San Pedro earlier this month, no doubt drowned out by the sound of vuvuzelas from South Africa, the Annenberg Foundation unveiled a soccer pitch (stadium) that doubles as a rainwater collection system. South Africa has terrible water issues- but so does California. Works like this: rain falls on the special permeable playing surface and is filtered through to a cistern in shipping containers. Here's a video of how it works. No reason it can't work on community basketball courts as well. We don't even need to drink the stuff- it can water that (hypothetical) organic vegetable garden next door. Or the lawn. And unlike other greywater runoff systems, this one doesn't collect toxins along the way to collection.
· Pitch:Africa [CP&DR]
· Pitch:Africa [Annenberg Foundation
· Pitch: Africa [Annenberg Space for Photography]