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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sprinklers on during late-morning at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank September 7, 2015

Call-out : A Burbank school waters on Monday in the heat

Outdoor watering restrictions are in effect in Burbank, but apparently at David Starr Jordan Middle School on South Mariposa Street they’re not following city rules. As I walked by the school campus at around 11 a.m. today, I noticed some sprinklers spraying steady streams of water on a lawn section dotted with some young trees.The temperature at the time was 80 and climbing on a hot Labor Day. This is wrong for a number of reasons. First, outdoor watering in the Media City has been restricted to two... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power 164 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank

City Buzz: Burbank Water and Power letter snafu

Burbank Water and Power is under fire for a warning letter it sent out to thousands of users — a letter threatening further action including fines if water wasting habits are not corrected.  Mayor Bob Frutos and Vice-Mayor Jess Talamantes are among the recipients. However in a major screw-up, some residents who are complying with the city ordinance to save water got that letter, too. Many have bombarded BWP and city officials with emails and phone calls. “The number of calls completely overwhelmed BWP for a couple of... Read More →

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Waterwise Tips: Cut back on water and grow gorgeous roses

Want to save water? Who doesn’t in California’s long-running drought. However, not everyone wants desert-like landscape populated with mostly rocks, wood chips, and cacti . So it’s good to know, you can cut back on watering and still have gorgeous blooming roses in your garden. The rose expert at San Marino’s Huntington Library says it can be done and has thousands of spectacular roses to prove it. Tom Carruth,curator of the rose collection at The Huntington, began reducing the irrigation to “twice a week, for just 15 minutes each... Read More →

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Burbank cracks down on water wasters

Burbank is cracking down hard on water wasters. Last week, Burbank Water and Power reportedly fined 16  repeat offenders , all residents, $100 each after they “… were contacted several times previously but continued to waste water, such as watering on the wrong day or during daylight hours,” according to a news release from the BWP today. Last month, the Burbank City Council gave the utility the go-ahead to begin “assessing fines against Burbank residents and businesses,” who continue to waste water after being told they are... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A green lawn gets watered on South Keystone Street in Burbank July 24, 2014

Burbank residents face mandatory water restrictions and utility rate hikes

As the summer temperatures soar into the 90s, Burbank residents are being pressured to cutback on water. Last January, Governor Jerry Brown declared a Drought State of Emergency after three extremely dry years. The governor’s order called for “… Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.” Earlier this month, the California State Water Board reportedly adopted emergency regulations requiring water suppliers like the City of Burbank to implement mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use, effective the first of August. Then last Tuesday, the Burbank City Council voted... Read More →

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Actress Eva Longoria appears at Burbank YMCA special event

Actress/producer/director, Eva Longoria, dropped by the Burbank YMCA today to host a special event. Longoria was there to encourage kids to drink more water.  Also, the event was to celebrate the donation of thousands of Brita water filter pitchers and dispensers to YMCA locations nationwide. This three-year commitment is designed to give kids participating in before and after school programs “… access to clean, clear, filtered water,” according to a news release. Brita’ donation continues its involvement with organizations fighting childhood obesity and promoting healthier lifestyles for kids. Brita is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Sprinklers spray a lush green yard on Sunset Canyon Boulevard in Burbank March 2011

Catching up:The governor officially declares the drought over!

Last Wednesday, March 30, Governor Jerry Brown declared the state drought over, done, finished — a total wrap. After nearly three years of being in drought mode, Governor signed a proclamation ending it. Brown’s announcement followed the fourth snow survey of the season, conducted by the Department of Water Resources (DWR), which found that water content in California’s mountain snowpack is 165 percent of the April 1 full season average… according to the Governor’s website. Despite the good news, Brown urged residents to continue to conserve: ““While this season’s... Read More →

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