POWERING THE FLOW OF LIFE TODAY AND TOMORROW

Building and maintaining the infrastructure we all rely on.

MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER Dawn Roth Lindell

For more than 100 years, Burbank Water and Power (BWP) has embraced innovative solutions to ensure that Burbank residents and businesses receive high-quality and reliable water, electric, and fiber services. As we look to the future, the actions we take now will determine what the City of Burbank will be like in 100 years. Everything from the quality of life of our residents, the prosperity of our communities and businesses, and the reliability of our infrastructure, all depend on what we do now.

The time has come for BWP to take meaningful strides in addressing this generation’s greatest challenge—climate change. The team at BWP is comprised of passionate problem solvers. We are committed to creating the strongest future possible for the next generation of Burbank families, and the best way to accomplish that is through sustainability. BWP is currently developing a long-term strategic plan to meet the state mandate of 60% renewables (like solar and wind) by 2030, and the City’s plan to be greenhouse gas (GHG)-neutral by 2040.

BWP is currently developing a long-term strategic plan to meet the state mandate of 60% renewables (like solar and wind) by 2030, and the City’s plan to be greenhouse gas (GHG)-neutral by 2040.

BWP takes changes to our electric and water rates and charges very seriously. Adapting to climate change, increasingly severe droughts, and addressing our infrastructure needs requires our rates to reflect the increasing costs of providing water and power. In order to meet our community’s largest challenges, it is necessary for BWP to propose a 6% increase in electric rates and a 9% increase in water rates beginning July 2022.

To keep up with inflation and obtain renewable energy, BWP is increasing electric rates by 6%. Current inflation is running at 7.5%-8.5%. This investment is necessary to combat global warming, which has been driving extreme weather patterns in our region. In recent years we have been hit with wildfires that burn longer and wider, and face persistent drought conditions. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our electric supply is necessary to slow down these impacts and is in alignment with the City’s plan to be GHG neutral by 2040, with which we must comply.

We need to increase water rates by 9% to maintain and modernize our infrastructure. Burbank already has 30 miles of pipeline that is over 100 years old. Over the next 20 years, that will climb to over 176 miles of 100+ year-old pipe if we only replace it at our current rate. BWP needs to increase our pipe replacement rate, complete critical maintenance on our aging assets, and replace a local reservoir made of wood that is no longer compliant with today’s seismic regulations and American Water Works codes. BWP needs to invest in core maintenance on our infrastructure to protect our water supply and to continue delivering the reliability our customers depend on and expect from BWP.

BWP continues to do its part by finding more than $25 million in savings this past year to help mitigate cost pressures. We ask for your support in helping us ensure we are successfully able to deliver sustainable, reliable, and affordable utility services.

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

We define our higher purpose as powering the flow of life, today and tomorrow. This frames for us the critical role that BWP plays in the lives of every person who lives, works, and plays in Burbank. And as always, we continue our strong, caring customer connection with our community that only a city-owned, not-for-profit utility like BWP can provide.

BWP recently refined its values and established core behaviors that we want everyone at BWP to exhibit.

1. FIND A WAY Drive to get it done

2. CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE Be curious, learn, improve, repeat

3. INCLUDE OTHERS Care, connect, collaborate, and create with intent

4. BE RESPECTFUL Safeguard one another, our community, and the environment

5. DELIVER THE FUTURE Innovate with insight and purpose

BWP is committed to maintaining its hallmark of fiscal responsibility as we move forward together. We ask for your support in helping us ensure we are successfully able to deliver sustainable, reliable, and affordable utility services to continue to power the flow of life in Burbank today and tomorrow.

DAWN ROTH LINDELL General Manager

OUR MISSION AND VALUES

We define our higher purpose as powering the flow of life, today and tomorrow. This frames for us the critical role that BWP plays in the lives of every person who lives, works, and plays in Burbank. And as always, we continue our strong, caring customer connection with our community that only a city-owned, not-for-profit utility like BWP can provide.

BWP recently refined its values and established core behaviors that we want everyone at BWP to exhibit.

1. FIND A WAY Drive to get it done

2. CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE Be curious, learn, improve, repeat

3. INCLUDE OTHERS Care, connect, collaborate, and create with intent

4. BE RESPECTFUL Safeguard one another, our community, and the environment

5. DELIVER THE FUTURE Innovate with insight and purpose

BWP is committed to maintaining its hallmark of fiscal responsibility as we move forward together. We ask for your support in helping us ensure we are successfully able to deliver sustainable, reliable, and affordable utility services to continue to power the flow of life in Burbank today and tomorrow.

DAWN ROTH LINDELL General Manager

How to Contact Us

Customer Service: (818) 238-3700

Water Services: (818) 238-3500

Electric Services: (818) 238-3575

Conservation Services: (818) 238-3730

Street Light Outages: (818) 238-3700

After-Hours Emergency: (818) 238-3778

ONEBurbank: (818) 238-3113

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