There is a lot going on – from regional targets in water reductions to new appliance standards for faucets, showers, and toilets – and there are a lot of source documents and local decisions that will need to be made if you want to assure you are complying with the requirements. 

But more importantly, many of the decisions that will have a direct and immediate impact on your buildings are going to happen at the local level.  We have already seen the water board apportion out reduction targets in recognition that some areas of the state have done more to conserve than others (based on per capita).

Please work with your local real estate association professionals, coordinate with other owners and managers, and get to know your local water decision makers.  It is incumbent on our industry to help guide good policy through the process.

CBPA held a water policy briefing with over 40 real estate leaders from commercial real estate, has met with Water Board leaders, Energy Commission staff, and has been coordinating with local real estate groups.  Our industry needs action at all levels to address this crisis head on, and we appreciate the fact that our members are stepping-up and being part of the solution.

As Rex Hime says, “If you are not at the table, you are on the menu.”

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