Water restrictions and an increased emphasis on conservation is changing the way planners conceive home gardens, commercial landscapes and parks. Rick Mayer, a Glendale-based landscape architect who helped plan MacArthur Park in Los Angeles and the Buena Vista Library in Burbank, sat down with us to discuss the future of outdoor spaces in Southern California.
Severe water shortages have prompted the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies most of the water to Glendale and Burbank, to cut its distribution by 10% and aise rates by 17.4%. The Crescenta Valley Water District has reacted to shortages by restricting lawn watering to two days weekly and Glendale Water & Power is following suit with a three-day-a-week limit. The Burbank City Council is also considering its own lawn-watering restrictions — three days a week in the summer and once weekly in the winter. Experts predict more cutbacks are on the way as resources grow more scarce.