BURBANK, Calif. – Burbank residents will have to cut down on watering their lawns following mandatory regulations adopted unanimously by the city council Tuesday at the behest of the state.

Burbank Water and Power customers will be required to limit landscape irrigation to 15 minutes per station a day, once a week – on Saturdays – from November through March, and three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – between April and October. Watering has to take place before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

Three days a week watering is sufficient enough to have a healthy landscape,” said utility spokesman Joe Flores. “Anything more than three days a week is a waste of water.”

Hand watering with a hose, however, is permitted at any time, he said.

The move comes just a week after the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency regulations requiring urban water suppliers, like the city of Burbank, to implement mandatory water restrictions on outdoor water use by Aug. 1, or face a $10,000 fine per day, according to a city report.

Source: www.burbankleader.com