UPDATE: Burbank Must Temporarily Stop Outdoor Irrigation for Two Weeks, Starting September 6, 2022
Updates include restrictions on use of potable water and information about BWP’s H20 to Go Program
Burbank, California (September 9, 2022) — Burbank must continue to stop all outdoor irrigation through September 20, 2022, due to a limited water supply caused by Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) emergency repairs to the upper feeder which brings water from the Colorado River Aqueduct into the city. Due to increased outdoor watering restrictions imposed by MWD, restricted outdoor watering usage includes all sprinklers, drip irrigation, and hoses which use potable water. Burbank Water and Power (BWP) will continue to keep the public informed during this time, while also monitoring usage, issuing first violation notices and citations to customers who do not comply. This week BWP sent out over 1,000 first violation notices to customers.
To offset outdoor watering needs for Burbank’s residents and businesses BWP will continue to operate H20 To Go, a free recycled water fill station through September 20th. Residents and businesses are invited to bring 1-to-300-gallon containers with leakproof lids to the fill station and collect what they need for plants and trees. The recycled water fill station is located at 1110 W. Clark Ave and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more about this program here.
The Drought Has Severely Impacted Water Supplies
Burbank is 100% dependent on imported water from the State Water Project and the Colorado River Aqueduct. Drought conditions have severely impacted the supply of water available through the State Water Project. Burbank elected to limit the water we take from the State Water Project to ensure adequate water supply to other communities who are solely dependent on this source. This year Burbank has been depending on receiving water exclusively from the Colorado River, however, this major repair will not allow water to flow to our area.
Water From The Colorado River Will Be Unavailable
Access to water from the Colorado River will be unavailable while the leak in the upper feeder is repaired. As a result, Burbank, Glendale, and other Southern California cities must take water from the State Water Project. Due to the additional water needed from the State Water Project to compensate for the loss of the Colorado River water, no outdoor irrigation is allowed during the repair.
“There are many communities that can only get water from the State Water Project,” says Jeannine Edwards, Assistant General Manager of Sustainability, Marketing, and Strategy at Burbank Water and Power. “During this time, we are exclusively dependent on this source, and we all must do our part to help sustain water supplies. Although this two-week repair and temporary stop of outdoor watering does not come to us at an ideal time, MWD had to act swiftly and make the repairs to prevent any future complications for our residents. We thank the community for their patience and for doing their part.”
What You Can Do Now
- Turn your sprinklers and automated irrigation systems off from September 6-20, 2022.
- Visit the H2O TOGO to collect recycled water to use in your yard BurbankWaterandPower.com/h2otogo.
- Add mulch around shrubs, flower beds, and trees to help reduce water evaporation. The City of Burbank Parks and Recreation Department offers free mulch to Burbank residents. Learn more at BurbankCA.gov/web/parks-recreation//mulch-program
- Fill up rain barrels and cisterns to store water for later watering. Rebates are available from SoCal WaterSmart at $35 per barrel and $250 per cistern. For additional details, visit https://www.bewaterwise.com/
- Collect water while you shower or from your kitchen sink in a bucket and use it to water trees and other shrubs while outdoor irrigation is temporarily suspended.
- Consider making long-term changes to how you use water. BWP and MWD are currently offering a variety of rebates and programs to help the community save water. Learn more about these programs on the BWP website at BurbankWaterAndPower.com/drought.
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