The City of Burbank’s McCambridge Pool may be closed for the winter, but the water that once filled it is now helping ease some of the effects of the ongoing drought.
Photo Courtesy City of Burbank
Each year, following the end of the summer swim season, the City’s Public Works Department empties the pool to reduce operating costs and to allow for maintenance and painting. Last year, Public Works devised a plan to repurpose the de-chlorinated water rather than release it into the storm drain system under a City-issued pool discharge permit.
Based on the success of 2014 efforts, Public Works has again employed the same method of water disposal. Beginning the morning of Tuesday, September 1, 2015, and continuing over the next several days, crews have been draining tens of thousands of gallons of water from McCambridge Pool.
The plan calls for the de-chlorinated water to be repurposed in a number of ways, including watering City park lawns and trees; cleaning City sewers; and for use in dust control and street sweeping.
Burbank’s Water and Power opened it’s doors on Saturday for a dedication of their new EcoCampus.
Mayor Talamantes receives the highest award from MWD's Director for Burbank's water conservation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
There were displays, tours, giveaways, food trucks and a ceremony on what was called The Green Street Center Stage, where Sarah Backhouse from Discovery Planet Green’s Plant 100 was Master of ceremonies.
Burbank Water & Power General Manager Ron Davis was joined by Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes, City Manager Mike Flad, and executives from the MWD (Metropolitan Water District) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Burbank received an award for being one of the cities that conserved a large amount of water.
Tours were given of the new Eco Friendly Campus that is 100 % sustainable, the only fresh water that is used is for the drinking fountains and every other drop of water is captured in several ways and reused. The plant is one of the only California Leed Platinum Warehouse and Service Centers.
Gardens on the campus are not only on ground level but now on the roofs to keep the building cooler and the rain water that is collected is recycled for other use. The money for the complete project came from grants and from The Department of Energy, and other sources and no local funds were used.