To the City Council and City Manager Mike Flad, I read about your actions regarding mandatory landscape watering (“Stricter water limits take another step,” Sept. 2) and wish to provide some information for your consideration prior to your second reading. In Burbank, many single-family homes are not constructed on flat lots. Ours is a good example of a home that was built in 1928 on a lot that was not graded in front, but instead sits high up off the street with a steep incline where our front lawn existed when we purchased our home and most likely since it was built.
Watering our front lawn for 10 to 15 minutes at once merely creates runoff onto the sidewalk and street because of the hill.
However, watering the parkway that has been raised by the large roots for 10 to 15 minutes creates similar runoff and water waste. We have no rear lawn but many plants and trees. In 1981 and ’82 we planted more than 125 azaleas and camellias, along with ferns, gardenias and 20 small trees.