California’s Thirst for Better Water Data Could End Longtime Disputes

The rain may never fall till after sundown.

By eight, the morning fog must disappear.

In short, there’s simply not

A more congenial spot

For happily-ever-aftering than here

In Camelot.

…Also known as California and also known as a hot-spot for water data disputes among various water controlling agencies and companies. According to The San Francisco Chronicle “Digital tools have expanded the ability of governments, companies and nonprofits to measure the uses of California water, and thus build more water-efficient products, boost water conservation, and replace expensive and inefficient infrastructure.”

Younger, tech-savvy water players say that much of the data undergirding California water use is old or faulty. In an open letter to Brown this summer, Patrick Atwater of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit ARGO wrote that state water agencies don’t have accurate land-use information, don’t have landscape-area definitions, and don’t have accurate service-area boundaries for local water retailers.

“There is an urgent need to modernize how California’s water agencies manage data,” he wrote, adding, “Achieving the broader urban water efficiencies will require creativity and finesse, not simply command-and-control regulation.”

And as the story continues “the abundance of water data effectively makes every piece of land and every drop of water in California the subject of measurement — and conflict. The data also expose the fragmentation and deficiencies of California’s system of water management.

So as thirsty as California is for new and exciting water use data, we know that as sure as the rainfall may not fall until after sundown, business disputes and litigation will be soon flowing freely among these parties. When disputes including landlord tenant matters, contract issues and even collections affect YOUR business, call in an always well-hydrated legal ace like Dean Sperling who will work to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind.  

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Sir Richard Burton Singing “Camelot”