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By Jeremy Oberstein | February 6, 2008
BURBANK — The City Council, by a 4-1 vote, supported a plan Tuesday to reduce Burbank’s water supply from the regional water district in the face of historic droughts and legal battles tying up water deliveries. Low levels of snowpack in the Colorado Basin and Sierra Nevada, record drought in the Colorado River and a federal court case that has siphoned off water from the Sacramento River/San Joaquin Delta prompted the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to recommend 10% cuts in the local water supply, said Glenn Brown, Metropolitan’s district director, who addressed the council Tuesday.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
A social advocacy nonprofit organization is asking a judge to void the city's approval of the IKEA expansion project , arguing that the city failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact report, records show. Citizens Advocating Rational Development alleged that the environmental impact report didn't adequately analyze water supply, air quality, greenhouse emissions and climate change, and failed to discuss any project requirements to save energy, according to a petition for writ of mandate filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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December 6, 2000
Water is a fundamental ingredient to life. The average adult body is 50% to 65% of the liquid. In infants, the figure is a whopping 70%, according to statistics compiled by the International Bottled Water Assn. A fundamental element of a successful society is maintaining trust between the public and the officials who run public institutions such as government and the school district. But city and school district officials have seemed to rely too heavily on public relations rather than frank and open dialogue to handle the recent concern over the presence of chromium 6 in Burbank's water supply.
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October 24, 2009
Leaders to discuss water issues City and utility officials at 4 p.m. Tuesday will host a joint study session on the Sacramento?San Joaquin Delta at City Council chambers. The City Council and Burbank Water and Power Board will be joined by Phil Isenberg, chairman of the governor?s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, as state leaders continue to explore options to solve the state?s water delivery crisis. Isenberg, who served in the state Assembly, where he was a member of the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, will bring leaders up to speed on the latest developments and how they affect the city?
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By Jeremy Oberstein | January 30, 2008
BURBANK — As Southern California dries itself off from the latest winter storm, some in Burbank are concerned that the city could lose some of its imported water supply in the face of rights it has laid claim to for more than 70 years. Glenn Brown, Burbank’s representative on the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is scheduled to appear Tuesday in front of the City Council to detail, among other things, the supply allocation plan for the area.
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April 25, 2014
I am dismayed and angry. I read the Los Angeles Times April 23 article on drinking water quality ranked by contamination with the rest of California and found Burbank has the second-highest water contamination on the published scale of water contamination. How can this be? We have Burbank Water and Power to provide us with quality services. Yet, Los Angeles' DWP provides better water quality. We share BWP's services with Glendale and Glendale has better water quality. We have been notified of significant rate increases by BWP. In the Mailbag column of the Burbank Leader for April 23 Thomas Saito questioned the new proposed rate increases.
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July 27, 2002
Ryan Carter The city, using federal funding, will take a look at the vulnerability of its water supply to a bioterrorist attack. "The government money is important because it funds our ability to do security studies," Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis said. City Council approved accepting the Environmental Protection Agency's $115,000 grant Tuesday. The city will hire a consultant to evaluate the susceptibility of its water to poisoning and to suggest ways to guard against such attacks.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | September 29, 2007
CITY HALL — A statewide water supply crisis has prompted the need for a citywide conservation strategy, Burbank Water and Power officials said. Average annual rainfall in Burbank is 15 inches. Last year, the city recorded 3 inches, the lowest total in the 129 years of monitoring rainfall, according to Water and Power. But the dry weather is only part of the story, said Bill Mace, Burbank Water and Power’s assistant general manager. “The problem we are facing is not entirely related to the drought,” he said.
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April 25, 2014
I am dismayed and angry. I read the Los Angeles Times April 23 article on drinking water quality ranked by contamination with the rest of California and found Burbank has the second-highest water contamination on the published scale of water contamination. How can this be? We have Burbank Water and Power to provide us with quality services. Yet, Los Angeles' DWP provides better water quality. We share BWP's services with Glendale and Glendale has better water quality. We have been notified of significant rate increases by BWP. In the Mailbag column of the Burbank Leader for April 23 Thomas Saito questioned the new proposed rate increases.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
A social advocacy nonprofit organization is asking a judge to void the city's approval of the IKEA expansion project , arguing that the city failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact report, records show. Citizens Advocating Rational Development alleged that the environmental impact report didn't adequately analyze water supply, air quality, greenhouse emissions and climate change, and failed to discuss any project requirements to save energy, according to a petition for writ of mandate filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Officials at Burbank Water and Power this week urged customers to be vigilant about saving water in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown's drought emergency declaration Friday , though the utility does not plan to implement mandatory conservation. Reducing the sprinkler usage from daily to three times a week is the most effective way to conserve, as more than half the city's water usage goes toward landscaping, said Bill Mace, the utility's assistant general manager. Usually, the utility sees a drop in water use during the rainy winter months.
NEWS
February 10, 2010
Decision may help local water supply A court decision last week to temporarily lift pumping restrictions to protect salmon migration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could bring more winter storm water to Burbank and Glendale, officials said. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger issued a 14-day restraining order last week that lifts delivery cutbacks intended to keep migrating salmon away from pumps pulling water from the south delta. He concluded that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had not fully analyzed the pumping permit and its restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act. Increased pumping would not seriously harm young winter-run salmon migrating from the delta, but reduced deliveries were taking their toll on agricultural and urban water supplies, Wanger wrote.
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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
March 21, 2009
It’s a time of shortages for California — and Burbank is no exception. The city government has pledged to cut 5% from every department for the coming fiscal year, while the Burbank Unified School District has announced the possibility of laying off teachers and major companies have cut hundreds of employees. The latest item to run dry appears to be water, as the state’s ongoing drought has led the area’s water authorities to warn of diminished supplies and usage restrictions over the summer.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | June 11, 2008
GLENDALE — Droughtlike conditions throughout Southern California achieved a new level of importance Wednesday after the region’s main water supplier issued a declaration, asking local municipalities to step up their conservation efforts. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced a water supply alert that does not call for mandatory restrictions, but does ask cities to ratchet up its efforts to save water in the face of the dry conditions, spokesman Bob Muir said.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | May 10, 2008
CITY HALL — Burbank’s regional water representative told the City Council on Tuesday night that he does not want to make any more “unnecessary appearances” in front of the city’s governing body, claiming that Councilman David Gordon is using him as a political pawn. “I am willing to make appearances before the City Council on a majority request and of course to address any emergency or market changes in water supply,” said Glenn Brown, Burbank’s representative to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
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