Homeowner Associations – Water Management Starts With The Contract

Equity Management held a symposium concerning the drought in California and what homeowner associations should be focused on for excellent water management. There were several great presentations including one from Jon Epsten, an attorney at Epsten Grinnell & Howell.  Jon’s presentation focused on how the scope of work and contract can make a significant difference in water management. He explained how the HOA contract can… Read more »

If You Have a Problem We Have a Solution.

BACKGROUND The scenic canyon location of this Santa Ynez community is a major draw for residents who enjoy views from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. But the hillside slopes surrounding the community proved problematic for the homeowners’ association. Faced with an aging irrigation system prone to breaking, the board decided to take action to prevent costly water loss from ruptures and to address serious soil erosion problems threatening homes. PROJECT SCOPE Santa… Read more »

A Story of Rebates, Smarter Water Use and 34% Water Savings

With all of the other issues that board members and managers wrestle with day to day, landscaping may not be at the top of their minds. But the cost of inefficiencies can add up. A typical community association uses nearly double the amount of water needed to maintain a healthy landscape. Often, boards and managers don’t know how much water they are using. In response to California’s ongoing drought, the community of Westaire in Martinez,… Read more »