Jeremy Livengood, Vice President and Sales Manager at Torrent Resources (www.torrentresources.com), recently attended StormCon in Portland, OR. StormCon is the nation’s largest stormwater conference with a variety of topics covered ranging from infiltration BMPs to new ways to budget for upcoming drainage regulations. Because the conference attracts visitors from the federal, state and local level, sharing of ideas is a main focal point as attendees can incorporate successful efforts from another part of the company into their stormwater plan.
Livengood mentioned that being from Maricopa County in Arizona makes him a particular target for questions as the County has a very forward thinking attitude towards stormwater. “It’s nice to be surrounded by 2,000 individuals like me who enjoy talking about stormwater and sharing ideas on how we can improve our communities” Livengood said, “It’s also a time when I am very proud of the innovative approach Phoenix has taken towards stormwater since the 1970s. It has certainly put us at the forefront of viewing stormwater as a resources that needs to be reused, not thrown away.”
Torrent Resources is the manufacturer and installer of MaxWell drywells throughout the Southwest. With more than 70,000 systems in the ground, Torrent knows infiltration. Livengood believes that while the EPA has dragged their feet on stricter stormwater guidelines from the federal level, state and local agencies are picking up the effort and making meaningful changes to fight drought conditions that affect so much of the Western US. The drought conditions that plague much of the country, not just the Southwest, get worse by the month. Innovative technology like deep infiltration through drywells will play a large role towards ensuring that we appreciate stormwater for the resource that it is.