keep-calm-and-save-water-peopleby Jodi Summers

Save water! Save water! Save water! That’s the clarion call heard around Los Angeles these day. But, if you are a business owner trying to get a staff on board with water and other money saving policies, you need a strategy for implementation and follow-up.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power suggests a not-challenging, 10-step approach to implementing a Water Conservation Program for your business. The LADWP notes that these basic guidelines are a foundation to a successful water conservation effort.

1. Desire to minimize excess water usagewater conservation director

For any program to be successful, the desire to conserve water must be present from the highest level of management through the rest of the staff. Upper management needs to support the effort to minimize excess water usage.

2. Appoint a Conservation Manager

Companies with an individual in charge of their conservation program have far better results than companies which never assign such a responsibility to someone. For best results, place someone in charge and make it part of their regular duties.

3. Know your water use

watch your metersBefore implementing any kind of conservation program, know where your water is being used. It is also important to know how much water is being used for each of your firm’s industrial processes and/or domestic needs.

4. Check your system for leaks

Learn to read your water meter. Leaks can be detected by having a periodic shutdown of all water-using facilities and reading the water meter at intervals of the shutdown. This can be done outside of the work day, so as not interrupt business. During the shutdown, if any movement of the meter dials occur, water is leaking. If a leak is detected, locate and repair the sea otters

5. Set a conservation goal

Be optimistic, but be realistic. Conservation goals should be lofty enough to require substantial effort, and build in milestones so you can achieve success along the way. The milestones will serve as progress reference points, highlighting the effectiveness of your water conservation program.

save water at work6. Use common sense

Look for common conservation opportunities in restrooms, kitchens, laundries and water-using processes. Encourage suggestions from employees to reduce your water consumption.

7. Involve your employees

Teach water awareness. Many companies have posted signs throughout their facilities which help to create an awareness of water conservation among the employees. Creating competition among employees (for instance, establishing which work shift can use the least amount of water) is another idea. Once employees start thinking about their water use, water consumption usually decreases.

8. Install high efficiency devicessave-water-boy pipes

Replace non-water saving toilets and urinals with high efficiency models (LADWP offers rebates for such replacements). If you already have these types of toilets, make sure they are adjusted to use the minimum amount of water required per flush. All showering facilities should be equipped with water-saving showerheads. Showerheads equipped with on-off valves provide the opportunity to conserve more water than those without valves. Install low-flow aerators on all faucet fixtures.

9. Update with water efficient equipment

save water at work manAs you replace the equipment in your plant, be aware of how much water the new equipment will use. Equipment manufacturers have become more aware of the need for water conservation and often offer equipment that uses less water. Explore all of your options. You may find that you have a choice in your equipment purchases and water conservation should be a determining factor in the selection process.


10. Monitor your results

Each water bill includes your consumption history. It is possible for you to follow this history and get an immediate idea as to how well you are doing compared to any one of the past 14 billing periods. Use charts, graphs, and other records to keep track of your conservation progress and share it with employees.

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  1. Venice Beach may soon resemble some European beaches if the Venice Neighborhood Council has its way. Council members voted this week to support a move to allow women to sunbathe topless, the Los Angeles Times reports.

  2. The Metropolitan Water District’s planning committee recommended it reduce water deliveries by an average of 15%. The move comes during the state’s fourth year of drought, as water managers try to avoid tapping emergency reserves. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order earlier this month requiring a 25% reduction in statewide water use. Metropolitan’s rationing would push local suppliers toward that target.

    The committee voted 12-2, with some calling for deeper cuts. Local agencies that exceed their rations could be hit with a surcharge of up to 15%, which could be passed on to customers. With the penalty, water would cost an additional $1,480 to $2,960 per acre foot. An acre-foot is roughly the amount of water needed to serve two households for a year.

    Not all cities and water providers would have to achieve the same reductions. Their rations would vary depending on their conservation efforts and the amount of groundwater pumped from aquifers. Some have abundant underground supplies, while others, like Los Angeles, rely heavily on Metropolitan water imported from Northern California and the Colorado River.

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California provides imported water to 26 cities and water districts that serve nearly 19 million people.

    If Los Angeles consumers used the same amount of imported water as they did last year, the city could see an overall 5 percent rate increase, said Fred Pickel, the Office of Public Accountability ratepayer advocate.

    Many local water suppliers, including Los Angeles, use a tiered rate system that charges the highest water users the most per acre foot.

    Metropolitan last rationed water in 2009 and 2010. Those cuts were by 10%, less than the current recommendation.


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About Jodi Summers

Jodi Summers
SoCal Investment Real Estate Group
Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty’s legacy dates back to 1744. Respected as one of the world’s oldest and largest fine art auctioneers, Sotheby’s has a longstanding tradition of bringing together buyers and sellers of fine property. Today, Sotheby’s International Realty boasts nearly 13,000 sales associates, located in more than 660 offices in 49 countries and territories. Broker Jodi Summers is the founder of the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group, a top producing team with Sotheby’s International Realty in the Los Angeles area.

With more than $140,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group know finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. We are accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California, including Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

A New York native, Jodi grew up working in the family business – marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans.

“My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.”

Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties.

The City of Santa Monica chose Jodi to be part of the prestigious 9-member Civic Working Group to analyze and offer feedback on the future of the 10.5-acre Santa Monica Civic Auditorium site. Additionally, Jodi is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Beverly Hills + Greater West Side Association of Realtors, Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club L.A., the American Solar Energy Society, Sierra Club, California Parks Association and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. She is currently the Communications Chair for the Ocean Park Association in Santa Monica, and a partner in Save the Civic – a community group involved with the City in the adaptive reuse of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and adjacent area.

An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California in the mid-’90s to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a hibiscus bush in her yard.

She has thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. She has three books in publication with Allworth Press – The Interactive Music Handbook, Making and Marketing Music and Moving Up In the Music Business. Making and Marketing Music is in second edition. Check out her work on

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