In response to the state’s dire drought and the July 14 adoption of emergency water saving regulations made by the California State Water Board, the Burbank City Council voted 5-0 to activate Stage II of the Burbank Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. This action limits landscape watering in the city of Burbank to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and for no more than 15 minutes each day for each irrigation station.
Following three dry years in California and with 80 percent of the state experiencing extreme drought conditions, Governor Brown issued a drought emergency proclamation in January and called for 20% reductions in water use by California’s citizens.
On July 15, the California State Water Board adopted emergency regulations that require urban water suppliers, such as the City of Burbank, to implement mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use, effective August 1, 2014. Per the State Water Board regulations, water suppliers that do not have water shortage contingency plans in place would have to limit landscape irrigation to two days per week.
In 2009, Burbank adopted the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance to help Burbank best manage this most precious of resources. The Ordinance has six Stages, each with progressively restrictive uses of water that could be required due to water supply constraints. Stage 1 is always in effect and includes prudent water-saving actions, such as not watering on rainy days or while the sun is out, not hosing down driveways, patios and other hardscape surfaces, and repairing plumbing and irrigation leaks promptly. Stages II through VI progressively limit the use of potable water for irrigation.
Stage II of Burbank’s Sustainable Water Use Ordinance, which will be in effect as of August 1, limits potable landscape irrigation to no more than 15 minutes/day/station and no more than three days per week during April through October (limited to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays), and no more than one day per week during November through March (limited to Saturdays).