BURBANK REDUCES OUTDOOR WATERING TO 2 DAYS PER WEEK

California is in the third year of a historic drought and conditions have worsened. Water supplies are limited. We all need to do our part. to reduce water use to ensure that water is available in the long-term.

Last summer, Governor Gavin Newsom asked California residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use 15% compared to a 2020 baseline.

As for many communities across our state, Burbank’s response has been uneven. We missed our 15% reduction goal for four of the past seven months. In some months, water usage actually increased.

BURBANK REDUCES OUTDOOR WATERING TO 2 DAYS PER WEEK

California is in the third year of a historic drought and conditions have worsened. Water supplies are limited. We all need to do our part. to reduce water use to ensure that water is available in the long-term.

Last summer, Governor Gavin Newsom asked California residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use 15% compared to a 2020 baseline.

As for many communities across our state, Burbank’s response has been uneven. We missed our 15% reduction goal for four of the past seven months. In some months, water usage actually increased.

BURBANK MOVES TO STAGE III OF THE WATER USE ORDINANCE TO HELP SUSTAIN BURBANK’S WATER SUPPLY

Burbank moved to Stage III of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance on June 27, 2022. Stage III limits lawn watering to two days per week, Tuesday and Saturday, between April through October. Watering is allowed before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and up to 15 minutes per irrigation station. Attended hand watering of plants and shrubs can take place any day of the week, as long as it’s done before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

The use of outdoor evaporative cooling devices, such as misters, is prohibited at this stage. Swimming pools, wading pools, and spas must also be covered when not in use.

More information on the different stages of Sustainable Water Use Ordinance can be found at BWP-Currents.com/stage-3-facts.

TURF LAWNS CONSUME THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER PER MONTH

“We understand people want their homes to have great curb appeal, and for many that means having a lush green turf lawn,” said Richard Wilson, Burbank Water & Power’s Assistant General Manager for Water. “But turf lawns are extremely thirsty — they can consume thousands gallons of water per month.”

This means that Californians are living at cross purposes to their natural environment. “Turf lawns are perfectly appropriate in the Midwest or East Coast, where there is plentiful rain,” Richard said. “But Southern California is an arid area, and we’re three years into an historic drought. We all need to do better at conserving water.”

He added, “We can’t keep supporting grass lawns when our region is experiencing a persistent water shortage. We need to conserve our water for drinking, bathing, and other health and safety purposes.”

CONSIDER DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS FOR YOUR YARD

For customers who are thinking about removing their turf lawns, Richard noted that there are many beautiful, native, drought-tolerant flowers and trees that could be planted in front or back yards.

Other stories in this issue of Currents show the variety of colorful native flowers and trees that could replace turf lawns. And we’re offering an incentive of $2 per square foot to remove turf lawns. To learn more, check out BWP-Currents.com/turf-rebate.

“We understand that not everyone likes the idea that ‘Brown Is the New Green’ when it comes to our yards,” Richard said. “But it doesn’t have to be that way. Please consider the experience of one of our customers, Sarah Lariviere, who in the sidebar tells an interesting story about the benefits — expected and unexpected — from her home’s turf-removal project.”

HAVING MORNING COFFEE WITH BIRDS

Sarah Lariviere started eliminating her home’s turf as soon as she moved into her Media District home last summer. “Our family has two children, and we wanted to teach them to live in harmony with nature, rather than acting as if water was an unlimited resource,” she said.

“I really am passionate about creating and maintaining a habitat for birds and bees and butterflies. There’s an amazing diversity of native drought-tolerant flowers, shrubs, and trees available — all shapes, sizes, and colors. The beauty really blew me away.”=

Sarah, an author of young-adult books, said there was an unexpected benefit to replacing the home’s turf: She got to meet her new neighbors.

“Whenever I’m outside, day or night, people stop, look, and talk to me. Replacing our turf lawn really connected us with others. As a new resident in the neighborhood, that really helped get my family settled in.”

The $2 per square-foot rebate covered all of the costs of installing flowers and trees at her 2,500-square-foot property. The family all got dirt underneath their fingernails as they worked together during the do-it-yourself turf removal and new-planting process.

“There are tons of free online resources on how to remove turf and select drought-tolerant native flowers and trees,” Sarah said. “I took a Green Gardens Group Turf Removal class online, through SoCalWaterSmart and an in-person class with the Theodore Payne Foundation.

She added: “Another great resource is InlandValleyGardenPlanner.org.”

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JEANNINE EDWARDS jjedwards@burbankca.gov

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