Yesterday Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. convened officials representing a broad array of leaders that impact water usage at non-residential properties, including landscape, golf, home and garden, spa and pool, cemetery and mortuary, building and manufacturing, retail, restaurant and hospitality industries.  Rex Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties Associations, was included and represented the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry. 

The Governor set the stage for the discussion by noting, “The key challenge here – aside from getting the water – is to be able to collaborate together.  We’re going to rise to the occasion as Californians first and as members of different groups second.”

The meeting was meant to address the state’s first ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions and a series of actions initiated by the state to help conserve water

Hime made it clear that our industry believes that water conservation is not just good public policy but it makes good business sense. He pointed out that numerous internal and external changes have already been done to reduce water needs and that the industry has in some instances already met the reductions sought by the Governor.

Brown stressed it was going to be important to work with the local water agencies in adopting appropriate policies.

The Governor’s initial Executive Order includes measures to help: replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping and old appliances with more water and energy efficient models; cut water use at campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes; prevent potable water irrigation at new developments unless water-efficient drip systems are used; and stop watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

Members of the press came into the room at the end of the meeting and asked the Governor and participants questions.

Click here for the news story about the meeting.

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