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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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NEWS
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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By Jeremy Oberstein | October 10, 2007
CITY HALL — The Burbank City Council unanimously supported a $12.5-million expansion to the city’s recycled-water distribution system Tuesday. “The expansion will improve the sustainability of our water supply, conserve the vital resource of potable water and expand the drought-proof portion of our water supply,” said Bill Mace, Burbank Water and Power assistant manager. The existing recycled-water system delivered 2,500 acre feet of water last year over six miles of independent pipes used principally for irrigation, Mace said.
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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.
NEWS
May 27, 2006
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who represents Burbank and Glendale, co-hosted a national online town hall meeting about the Darfur conflict Thursday morning. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than two million herded into camps in the last three years since the conflict in Darfur, in the western region of Sudan, began. The United States has classifiedthe violence as genocide. It is imperative that the genocide in Darfur is stopped, and by communicating with constituents, new ways to make progress in the war-torn country could be explored, Schiff said.
NEWS
March 29, 2003
Ben Godar Officials at Burbank Water and Power say they have been gradually increasing security at their facilities over the past year and don't plan to make any dramatic changes in response to the nation's heightened terror alert. The BWP completed a major review of its security last year, and since then, it has hired more guards and installed more fences and cameras, Director Ron Davis said. Upgrading security at its facilities is an ongoing task, Davis said, and one that always leaves room for improvement.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 7, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- In the face of mounting public concern about chromium 6 in the drinking water, city and county officials said they are moving to lower levels of the chemical in the San Fernando Valley Aquifer. Earlier this week, officials said that tests conducted on tap water at 110 county facilities revealed unexpectedly high levels of the carcinogen chromium 6, with the highest reading coming from the Burbank Health Center at 110 W. Magnolia Blvd.
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