While California receives the most media attention for their drought condition, far more of the country is in trouble than just one state. 15 percent of the contiguous United States are in the extreme drought category while another 22 percent fall in the moderate to extreme category.*
Since we can’t force rain out of the sky, a big part of the solution will be the development of new (and improvement of old) technology to combat the situation. Drywells may go back to the days of the Roman Empire, but a rock filled hole is hardly the solution we are looking for. Yet a modern drywell, like the Maxwell IV and Plus from Torrent Resources, gives hope that legitimate solutions already exist.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Torrent Resources has committed a portion of their industrial yard for the development and testing of new technologies, both improvements for MaxWell drywells and completely new stormwater innovations that could be the next breakthrough in stormwater infiltration.
Torrent’s Technical Marketing Engineer, Jim Mayer, constructed a “test box” that allows the company to perform controlled testing of different devices that their on-site development team fabricates. “To be able to go through trial and error testing in a controlled environment at our home offices allows us to react in real-time to challenges uncovered during this testing. No more sending our innovations across the country for testing and waiting weeks for results. Our team can now make tweaks on the fly. It has greatly enhanced our ability to get viable products to market,” Mayer said.
Problems arise. Products evolve. Leaders innovate.
*Palmer Drought Index