Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

Water Conservation

BOMA POSITION

BOMA International supports comprehensive, broad-based solutions and effective strategies for the design, implementation, and promotion of water conservation and efficiency programs with the purposes of enhancing water supply, reliability, and helping business and industry maintain and grow their operations.  All water users, including agricultural, power generation, commercial, industrial, and residential, must participate and have a stake in the development of water conservation programs in order to accomplish the objective of water supply reliability.  In addition, effective and successful water conservation programs must be able to respond to local and regional conditions.

BACKGROUND

Water conservation includes policies, strategies and activities to manage fresh water as a sustainable resource, to protect the water environment, and to meet current and future human demand.  One important goal of water conservation efforts is that to ensure availability for future generations, the withdrawal of fresh water from an ecosystem should not exceed its natural replacement rate.

Water conservation, efficiency, and resource management throughout the nation stands out as one of the most important current political and economic issues due to the occurrence of water shortages over much of the nation.  While several areas around the county have made great strides in water conservation and efficiency in recent years, the collective impacts of drought, climate change, increased population demands, court ordered supply reductions and potential natural disasters make it clear that all water users will have to do much more in coming years; the need to conserve water is becoming increasingly critical.