Conserve for Tomorrow
Burbank must temporarily stop all outdoor irrigation for two weeks, from September 6-20, 2022. During this time, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will repair their pipeline that brings water from the Colorado River Aqueduct into the city. Burbank will not have access to this water and will be 100% dependent on water from the State Water Project, which is facing limited supplies due to the drought.
Countdown to September 6, 2022

What Watering is Allowed from September 6-20, 2022

LAWN IRRIGATION IS NOT ALLOWED
No lawn irrigation is allowed during the September 6-20, 2022 period.
HAND WATERING TREES IS ALLOWED
Hand watering trees is allowed. We recommend starting deep watering trees now.
HAND WATERING GARDENS IS ALLOWED
Hand watering fruit and vegetable gardens will be allowed while the upper feeder is repaired.

Burbank is 100% Dependent on Imported Water

Burbank is 100% dependent on imported water from the State Water Project and the Colorado River Aqueduct. Water has to travel hundreds of miles to reach Burbank homes and businesses.

The Drought Has Severely Impacted Water Supplies

Burbank is 100% dependent on imported water from the State Water Project and the Colorado River Aqueduct. Drought conditions have severely impacted the supply of water available through the State Water Project. Burbank elected to limit the water we take from the State Water Project to ensure adequate water supply to other communities that are solely dependent on this source. This year Burbank has been depending on receiving water exclusively from the Colorado River, however, this major repair will not allow water to flow to our area. 

Water From The Colorado River Will Be Unavailable

Access to water from the Colorado River will be unavailable while the leak in the upper feeder is repaired. As a result, Burbank, Glendale, and other Southern California cities must take water from the State Water Project. Due to the additional water needed from the State Water Project to compensate for the loss of the Colorado River water, no outdoor irrigation is allowed during the repair.

There are many communities that can only get water from the State Water Project. While Burbank and other cities are exclusively dependent on the State Water Project, we all have to do our part to help sustain water supplies. This is just a two-week issue, and we will be able to return to watering after the upper feeder is repaired. For other communities, this is not the case.

Conserve for Tomorrow

What You Can Do Now To Prepare

SET A REMINDER
Put a reminder on your calendar to turn your sprinklers and timed irrigation systems off from September 6-20, 2022. You can also follow BWP on social media for updates.
DEEP WATER TREES
Deep watering trees allows the roots to absorb more water. Use a watering tool with a slow, steady release to help water soak into the ground.
ADD MULCH
Adding about 4 inches of mulch around your trees, shrubs, and flower beds will help reduce water evaporation from your soil.
FILL UP RAIN BARRELS & CISTERNS
Fill up your rain barrels and cisterns with a hose now to store for watering during September 6-20, 2022.
COLLECT WATER INDOORS
Collect water in a bucket while you shower or from your sinks and use the water on your outdoor plants.
MAKE LONG-TERM CHANGES
Consider changing your lawn to a drought-tolerant landscape to use water more sustainably.

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why is outdoor watering temporarily suspended from September 6-20, 2022?
Burbank must temporarily stop all outdoor irrigation for two weeks, from September 6-20, 2022. During this time, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will repair the pipeline that brings water from the Colorado River Aqueduct into the city. Burbank will not have access to this water and will be 100% dependent on water from the State Water Project, which is facing limited supplies due to the drought.