In an opinion piece for the Pasadena Star-News, Thomas Wong, President of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, serves up the hard facts about California’s desperate need for stormwater management.
In this article, Wong chronicles the environmental devastation over the course of 2017 that was lead by the most devastating wildfires California has ever seen. Wong also mentions the comments of Gov. Jerry Brown after the six wildfires in 2017 (Southern California) command an eerie predication that the “new normal” for California looks like more droughts and fires due to climate change. Fortunately, for the future of California’s preparedness for harsher conditions, Gov. Jerry Brown fervently speaks about California’s need to adapt policies.
“One solution to expected future droughts is to improve our ability to capture rainfall when it does rain. During an average Los Angeles County storm, 10 billion gallons of usable water literally goes down the drain and straight to the ocean.” (Wong)
Stormwater is liquid gold but can also pose a threat to the environment and public health when it isn’t captured and instead flows into the Pacific Ocean carrying trash, oil, and other constituents. If you are familiar with MaxWell drywells you’d know they capture and pre-treat stormwater with their cost-effective, low-impact design.
“A term that will hopefully become well-known is multi-use stormwater infrastructure. This term is a fancy way of saying that we need to build projects that not only capture stormwater and dry-weather runoff, but also clean and use this scarce resource and prevent polluted runoff from poisoning our groundwater, rivers and beaches.” (Wong)
The coming year will be detrimental to California’s future in water sustainability. Wong said it best, “In 2018, we need a comprehensive discussion about how to capture, clean and re-use stormwater and do so in an equitable, affordable and community beneficial manner. Anything less represents a lost opportunity.”
Groundwater is one of the Nation’s most important natural resources and is the future of water sustainability in California. MaxWell drywells are the solution Wong hopes for California to embrace as they are a low-cost, low-impact solution. Ask yourself as a civil engineer or contractor, “what can I do on my projects to impact the sustainability of water supplies in California?” Consider MaxWell drywells for your next project. Not sure where to start? Request a complimentary Lunch & Learn below.