6 Feb 2014

Who do water managers work for?

I've been contacting a lot of water managers in Southern California, to see if they'd like to use Watersavr, a product for reducing evaporation in reservoirs.*

What I've heard has amazed me:
Thank you for your query. I was able to connect with various program leaders this morning.

They said they are aware of the product and have been monitoring its development.

However, we are not the point where they are interested in it for our use.

Feel free to check back in with me if you return to the area.
Why, I wonder are water managers with reservoirs 37 percent full, who pay $1,032/af for water, not interested in a product that will save water at a cost of $150/af? Not even interested in talking about it or testing it?

Bottom Line: Water managers choose how to address water scarcity. Sometimes they choose what's easy for themselves; in other times, they work hard to make sure that customers do not suffer from shortage. They claim there's nothing to worry about, but others disagree. Why not just check out the idea?

* I'm acting as a salesman for the product, mostly because it addresses an obvious non-partisan problem: evaporation.


DW said...

Water agency managers are under pressure to make damn sure that nothing impacts the quality of the water they have in storage. If WaterSvr

Wants to sell its product, it has to bring as much evidence as it can that adding its product to water reservoirs won’t affect water quality over the long term.

David Zetland said...

@DW -- you're absolutely right, which is why WaterSavr is certified safe by the NSF (for people) and EPA (for the environment). It's a combination of calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2, aka calcium hydrate, lime, or slaked lime), Stearyl and Cetyl (fatty) alcohol. These are benign to people in WaterSavr doses...

Eric Hahn said...

The water manager salaries are the same, whether they try something "new" or not right?

David Zetland said...

@Eric -- for municipal managers, I'd guess yes. Probably not for IOU managers...

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