Burbank Water & Power Celebrates 100 Years Of Service With Fun For Everyone

Chris Vilchis makes sure Katelyann is secured in a safety harness. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
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Burbank Water & Power Lineman talk to guests during open house. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Water & Power opened its doors 100 years ago and this past Saturday, they really opened all their doors for a day full of fun and events for the whole family. There were tours, giveaways, rides on equipment and best of all, it was all free.

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Store Keeper Kirtis Stanford show the new equipment storage system in Warehouse 1. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Guests were able to visit every department under the BWP roof, including the new LEED Platinum warehouses, where state of the art equipment is used to retrieve equipment and parts.

Kids were able to get faces painted while adults could learn ways to use drip sprinklers and conserve water in many ways. The tours included a trip to the roof where the BWP has installed rooftop gardens.

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Javier Gallegos enjoys a ride in a bucket truck. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


There were food trucks and free popcorn, and everyone could walk away with a reusable grocery bag and a eyeglass cleaner cloth. The most popular location was definitely the bucket truck. Kids and adults could enjoy rides in the bucket after signing liability waivers. BWP linemen strapped everyone in with safety harnesses and kids and parents got to go a hundred feet in the air and see what the BWP linemen see everyday.

The event was attended by hundreds. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day as well as meeting the employees who keep Burbank’s lights on all the time.