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.
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.