As dry weather is looming in the future we must reflect on what one of California’s wettest winters has taught us about stormwater management and how aquifers are the best option for storing water. An article recently published on Water Deeply suggests California missed a huge opportunity to store the massive amounts of water from 2017’s winter storms. From Oct. 2016 to Feb. 2017, the statewide precipitation total was 28.5in (22.3cm). At 180 percent above average, this year ranked first of the 122-year period of record. In the San Joaquin and Tulare Lake region, the amount of precipitation was greater than the statewide average, but not enough to break records. Reservoirs were near capacity by mid-February, losing the ability to further store runoff and mitigate for floods.
Mohammad Safeeq writes, “We could have stored this abundant water, not in new reservoirs, but right under our feet. The cycles of drought and flood will continue in California; in order to survive the droughts, we have to move winter precipitation to groundwater storage in greater quantity and more efficiently.”
Many are calling for increased surface water storage by building new dams and increasing reservoir capacity across the state. These projects sometimes make sense but for others that solution is too expensive for the marginal benefits they provide. Timing is key and with more dry months ahead California has plenty of time to prepare groundwater storage infrastructure that will help take excess surface water and store it in aquifers.
The utilization of drywells in California captures stormwater, increases aquifer capacity, and reduces flooding. The small footprint of a MaxWell® allows for greater groundwater storage in a compact design. MaxWell drywells are the low-cost solution to California’s need for stormwater management.
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