April 2, 2015
California is under extreme drought brought about by four years of low to non-existent rain fall. California is in a State of Emergency requiring operational change to drive new ideas around water and resources. The action by Governor Jerry Brown heavy action to ask for water restrictions will change the way Californians live and work.
The New York Times reported in “California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought,” that “Mr. Brown, in an executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year. The agencies will be responsible for coming up with restrictions to cut back on water use and for monitoring compliance.”
The drought has large impact on economics, social engagement and the psychology or work and leisure. The agencies engaged in water reductions are sacrifices that will employ new thinking related to the allocation of resources impacting budgets and operational efficiencies turning headaches to strategic planning on sustainability within the nexuses of water, environment and economy.
It is time for California to think big and broader on the scope of water to life-and-play-day-to-day. Water will prove to produce organizational changes that in operationalizing resources can lead to sustainability for the State.