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By Christopher Cadelago | August 12, 2009
BURBANK — Residents can expect a slice of Americana with their cold glass of water. Burbank Water and Power is in the midst of rolling out a $10,000 marketing campaign — a collection of posters and iconic Norman Rockwell images — in an effort to get residents to conserve water. The images, including those of cultural icons Uncle Sam and Rosie the Riveter, were taken from the public domain and assigned new meaning. “We can do it!” and “I want you” — among the country’s most recognizable watchwords — are intended to grab one’s attention just long enough to allow the messages to seep in, said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager for the city utility.
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By Christopher Cadelago | May 16, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday will bring back six stages of proposed mandatory water restrictions for consideration, two weeks after Councilman David Gordon led a successful effort to table the measure to vet possible legal implications. City officials this week determined that the proposed water rationing measures, which would mandate varying degrees of water restrictions according to drought conditions, are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires agencies to perform environmental-impact studies.
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By Christopher Cadelago | July 25, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank would move to a three-day, 15-minute summer watering schedule and down to one day in the winter under a proposal unanimously approved by the Burbank Water and Power Board. The push to move from the first to second stage of the city’s recently modified water rationing ordinance comes after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors voted to hike rates nearly 20% and impose penalty rates on member agencies that exceed designated water allotments.
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By Ryan Vaillancourt | October 10, 2007
GLENDALE — While neighboring cities are considering imminent policy measures to curb water consumption, Burbank Water and Power officials say its ample reserves mean drastic measures are on hold. Amid the driest rain year in recorded county history, state water woes were exacerbated on Aug. 31 when a federal judge ruled in favor of halting pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect an endangered fish. The delta has depleted a third of the supply going to the Metropolitan Water District, which in turn provides up to half the water for the Crescenta Valley, 49% for Burbank and 70% for Glendale.
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By Christopher Cadelago | October 12, 2009
Area landscape consultants are reporting a marked increase in the number of residents seeking drought-tolerant and native plants in the face of rising water rates and rationing measures. At the same time, residents are seeking other creative ways to conserve, including installing water-efficient plumbing, artificial turf and homemade devices. “I think that people, particularly those who are young and environmentally aware, are becoming more water-conscious and doing their part,” said Chris VanDeusen, a manager and landscape consultant at Sheridan Gardens Nursery.
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March 24, 2010
Proposal for water compensation Utility officials Thursday announced a proposal that would require developers to compensate for the increased amount of water their new projects demand. General Manager Ron Davis presented a draft of the program to the Burbank Water and Power Board, and will seek direction from the City Council in the coming weeks. The City Council last year passed six stages of mandatory water rationing and a revised rate structure to help comply with a state law that requires a 20% reduction in water use by 2020.
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September 25, 2002
Laura Sturza With California on the verge of a drought, residents are urged to use low-cost techniques to stave off a water emergency -- and ultimately save money. "We have just completed a year with the lowest recorded rainfall in the history of Los Angeles or San Diego," Burbank Water and Power Director Ron Davis said. "There are cities that are already on strict water rationing." The only reason Gov. Gray Davis has not declared it a drought is because of stored water, Davis said.
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By Christopher Cadelago | September 2, 2009
CITY HALL — Residents must limit outdoor irrigation to 15 minutes a day, per station, three days a week, according to restrictions approved Tuesday by the City Council. The shift — which still awaits final approval — to the second stage of water restrictions would also limit irrigation to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but represented only a portion of what could have been a more restrictive policy. Consideration of the full second stage of the water conservation ordinance, which limits watering in the winter to one day per week, was postponed.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | April 12, 2011
Local water utilities are taking different approaches to a decision Tuesday by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to stop rationing water to local utilities. With its reservoirs at above-normal levels, Metropolitan’s Board of Directors on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate the limits on imported water that were imposed on member agencies, including Glendale, Burbank and the Crescenta Valley, for nearly two years. The action came roughly two weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed an end to the state’s multi-year drought after an unusually wet winter.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 12, 2009
BURBANK — Residents can expect a slice of Americana with their cold glass of water. Burbank Water and Power is in the midst of rolling out a $10,000 marketing campaign — a collection of posters and iconic Norman Rockwell images — in an effort to get residents to conserve water. The images, including those of cultural icons Uncle Sam and Rosie the Riveter, were taken from the public domain and assigned new meaning. “We can do it!” and “I want you” — among the country’s most recognizable watchwords — are intended to grab one’s attention just long enough to allow the messages to seep in, said Jeanette Meyer, marketing manager for the city utility.
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By Christopher Cadelago | July 25, 2009
CITY HALL — Burbank would move to a three-day, 15-minute summer watering schedule and down to one day in the winter under a proposal unanimously approved by the Burbank Water and Power Board. The push to move from the first to second stage of the city’s recently modified water rationing ordinance comes after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors voted to hike rates nearly 20% and impose penalty rates on member agencies that exceed designated water allotments.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | May 16, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday will bring back six stages of proposed mandatory water restrictions for consideration, two weeks after Councilman David Gordon led a successful effort to table the measure to vet possible legal implications. City officials this week determined that the proposed water rationing measures, which would mandate varying degrees of water restrictions according to drought conditions, are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires agencies to perform environmental-impact studies.
LOCAL
By Ryan Vaillancourt | October 10, 2007
GLENDALE — While neighboring cities are considering imminent policy measures to curb water consumption, Burbank Water and Power officials say its ample reserves mean drastic measures are on hold. Amid the driest rain year in recorded county history, state water woes were exacerbated on Aug. 31 when a federal judge ruled in favor of halting pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect an endangered fish. The delta has depleted a third of the supply going to the Metropolitan Water District, which in turn provides up to half the water for the Crescenta Valley, 49% for Burbank and 70% for Glendale.
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