It’s been a few months since we picked back up with our weekly blogs and announced that the conversation about stormwater in California was changing. Here we are heading into the last couple weeks of August and that same conversation is starting to boil.
Sheila Kuehl, a member of the Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles, writes in her article, Mange Stormwater to Turn a Liability Into an Asset, “Last fall, a single storm dropped more than 2.5 inches of rain on Los Angeles, 10 times the amount of precipitation we usually get at that time of year. All that water, coming down at once, went to waste.” Kuehl’s frustrations are echoed amongst her colleagues who suggest legislation in favor of short and long-term solutions will be the relief California’s five-year drought needs. However, the political will to capture and treat stormwater just isn’t there.
Kuehl visualizes California’s stormwater management similar to the likes of states like Pennsylvania and Arizona, “Imagine if we could capture this stormwater, clean it and store it in our depleted groundwater aquifers, making us less vulnerable to future droughts and less dependent on water from distant parts of the state?”
Torrent Resources has been installing drywells in Arizona well over 44 years. Torrent offers the MaxWell®, an engineered system that has been installed in the Southwest United States more than 80,000 times. The MaxWell® is simple, effective, maintainable, and best of all, it’s second to none when it comes to recharging groundwater.
Like Kuehl, Torrent can picture a California where stormwater isn’t treated as a nuisance but rather an opportunity to create sustainable water supplies for years to come. Civil Engineers in California are already turning to MaxWell drywells to meet city requirements and improve their projects stormwater management needs.