Burbank's Watering Schedule is 3 Days/Week

Southern California is an arid climate, and drought cycles will happen. That’s why Burbank’s City Council adopted the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. The ordinance provides important procedures to reduce water use Citywide to mitigate the effects of water resources when California is in a drought.

Stages of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance


Burbank is on Stage I of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance

Burbank is currently on Stage I of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance, which limits outdoor watering to three days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Watering on these days is allowed before 9 am or after 6 pm and up to 15 minutes per irrigation station. Hand watering is allowed any day of the week. Adjust sprinkler systems and irrigation systems to eliminate overspray and avoid run-offs into streets, sidewalks, parking lots, alleys, and other paved surfaces.


Stage II of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance

Stage II of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance includes all of the measures from Stage I with some minor adjustments. The three days a week outdoor watering on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday apply only during the months of April through October. During the cooler months of November to March, watering is allowed on Saturdays only. In addition, refilling an artificial or ornamental body of water that does not use recycled water is prohibited at this stage. 


Stage III of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance

Stage III of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance limits outdoor watering to two days a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Low volume irrigation systems are exempt from the 15-minute time restriction but must comply with the two days per week watering rule. In this stage, all of the measures in Stage II of the ordinance apply. The use of outdoor evaporative cooling devices, such as misters, is prohibited at this stage. Swimming pools, wading pools, and spas must also be covered when not in use. 


Stages IV-VI of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance

If Burbank is not able to sufficiently mitigate water shortages through Stages I-III of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance, more aggressive measures can be enacted up to Stage VI. You can learn more about the requirements in Stages IV-VI in the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. 

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Water Waste Citations

Failure to comply with Burbank’s watering rules may result in a fine. Fines are $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second violation, and $500 for every violation thereafter.

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