Learn more about the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance and what Stage III means for outdoor watering in Burbank.


Learn more about the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance and what Stage III means for outdoor watering in Burbank.

Southern California has an arid climate that is prone to drought cycles. In 2008, the Burbank City Council adopted the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance, which provides guidelines for reducing water use citywide to help mitigate the effects of water shortages. The ordinance puts restrictions on outdoor water use in Burbank.

Effective June 27, 2022, Burbank will be in Stage III of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. Here are the restrictions that apply in Stage III and how you can use water outdoors.


  • Cover your pool when you aren’t using it. Cover all swimming pools, wading pools, or spas when you are not using them. Use a cover that is designed to decrease water evaporation. Don’t have a cover? BWP offers a $50 bill credit to residents for purchasing a pool cover. Get the full details at
  • Do not refill fountains and other ornamental bodies of water. Filling or refilling an artificial or decorative body of water, such as a fountain, is prohibited in Stage III unless that container is filled with recycled water. Ponds with fish and other wildlife are exempt from this restriction.
  • Use umbrellas or pop-up tents to help keep cool this summer. Outdoor evaporative cooling devices, such as misters, are not allowed to be used while Burbank is in Stage III.


  • Only order water at restaurants if you intend to drink it. Burbank restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, and other places where food is sold are asked to serve water only to customers who specifically request it.
  • Use towels and linens more than once before washing. Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments must give customers the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily. If you happen to stay at a Burbank establishment, please consider reusing your towels and linens to save water.


  • Follow Burbank’s Outdoor Watering Schedule. In Stage III, outdoor irrigation is limited to two days per week, Tuesday and Saturday, between April through October. Watering is allowed for 15 minutes per irrigation station before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Hand-watering plants and shrubs in person can take place any day of the week as long as it’s done before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Repair leaks as soon as possible to prevent water waste. Promptly repair all leaks in your irrigation systems. Leaks from other sources, such as toilets, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures, should also be fixed right away. BWP offers water-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators to customers at no cost. These items can be picked up at the Conservation Counter at 164 W. Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502.
  • Adjust your sprinklers to eliminate water overspray and runoff. If you notice water is running off your lawn and onto streets, sidewalks, parking lots, alleys, or other paved surfaces, adjust your sprinklers to avoid the run off. Watering for shorter periods of time may help eliminate water waste. If you need to repair broken sprinkler nozzles, you can get a rebate for rotating sprinkler nozzles up to $5 per nozzle. Learn more at
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks and other hard surfaces instead of a hose. Don’t use a hose to clear off driveways, patios, sidewalks, or other paved surfaces. If you have to use water to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards, use a hand-held bucket or similar container, and a high-pressure, low-volume spray hose with no cleaning agents.
  • Adjust your sprinklers when it rains. If Burbank is getting some much-needed rain, remember to adjust your sprinklers to skip watering on rainy days and for at least two days after rainfall.


  • Use a hand-held bucket to wash your vehicle. If you’re washing your vehicle at home, please use a hand-held bucket or similar container and/or a hand-held hose equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device. This will help you use less water to clean your vehicle.

Burbank must reduce its water use by 15%. Residents and businesses can help achieve this goal by following the Stage III rules and recommendations listed here. You can learn more about Stage III and find water-saving programs on the BWP website at

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