Recent West Coast rains were helpful in turning the tide on California’s seemingly never-ending drought condition. The recent “Pineapple Express” storms brought inches of rain throughout the state. But two consecutive weeks of heavy precipitation made barely a dent in the severe condition brought about by three straight winters of subnormal precipitation.
This article from Climate Progress discusses just how much rain it’s going to take to end the most severe drought in 1200 years. As more and more of the country battles drought-like conditions it’s becoming quite clear that throwing away stormwater is no longer an option and we must do everything we can to reuse this valuable resource. The days of treating stormwater as a nuisance and getting rid of it as quickly as possible are over. Advancements in stormwater management include pre-treatment and infiltration of rain back into the subgrade where it can replenish groundwater supplies.
The EPA is working at the state and local level to strengthen stormwater regulations and promote infiltration. That effort highlights the need for proven BMPs like the MaxWell line of drywells from Torrent Resources. More than 75,000 MaxWell Type IV and MaxWell Plus drywells have been installed throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas over the past 40 years, helping to replenish countless gallons of water in the groundwater supply.