Hi guys! I'm glad to hear of another design experiment, and to hear of the Gray-B-Gon Google Group.
In previous experiments, dust has been the main enemy of both evaporation ponds and wicking fabrics, but it is always interesting to see more research.
Several evapotron designs have been successful on the Playa, including a "curtain waterfall" design using a cylinder of metal hardware cloth forming a thin sheet of water. Everyone is curious, or even desperate, to assess how much water each design is capable of evaporating. I am CC-ing David Yao of the AEZ on this email because he is concerned about effectively removing gray water this year.
It has been difficult to compile useful performance statistics, with so many variables besides the design. The weather conditions vary enormously, the evapotrons don't always run continuously, the gray water poured into them is not always measured or logged for evaluation, and so on. But Larry Breed has a rough idea that one basic Gray-B-Gon is capable of about 20 gallons a day.
With so many evapotrons deployed, increasing each year, we might hope for more data. But Burning Man is not exactly a relaxed vacation where people can do methodical hobbies, so it isn't reasonable to hope for good data. This ain't like bird watching or measuring snowpacks at regular intervals.
Burning Man is full of quirky people, some of whom would run an evapotron if only for entertainment, and others who wouldn't touch one with a stick.
I look forward to seeing you all in Black Rock City!