The Governor and his staff tried to put a new spin on the old idiom, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting,” this week, as the administration to multiple simultaneous actions to manage the drought crisis, and told warring factions to stop throwing verbal barbs at one another and come to the table to provide solutions. 

If you have ever been cranky in the past about the government being slow to react to a crisis, there was plenty of action this week.

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.

This week CBPA held a water policy briefing with over 40 real estate leaders from all aspects of our industry.  We exchanged real-time information, took direction on policy and received technical comments, and hopefully provided information that will be taken back to company HQs and association leadership throughout the state.  We need 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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