BURBANK WATER AND POWER

Technologies

BWP transformed a substation ruin into usable open space and transformed a utility tunnel into a phyto-extraction canal.

BWP implements its sustainability policies and programs using a comprehensive suite of leading-edge technologies and practices.

EcoCampus Project

A variety of innovative technologies and practices were incorporated in the EcoCampus, including: 

  • Green Street
  • Centennial Courtyard
  • Renovation of the Historic Administration Building & Green Roofs
  • Architecturally Integrated Solar Carport
  • First LEED Platinum Warehouse in Southern California
  • Landscaping at Olive/Magnolia/Flood Channel
  • Art in Public Places

Recycled Water System

BWP is rapidly expanding its recycled water system as outlined in the Recycled Water Master Plan. When completed in the year 2013, the system will dispense more than one billion gallons of recycled water every year. Currently the system distributes over 660 million gallons of water annually. Recycled water is former wastewater, or sewage, that has been treated to remove solids and most impurities. In the City of Burbank, recycled water is highly treated and approved for all uses except human consumption. It is primarily used for landscape irrigation, but is also used for industrial or commercial cooling, and decorative fountains and water features. Multi-family residences and commercial customers that lie directly in the vicinity of the recycled water main and have a considerable amount of landscape will be targeted for the use of recycled water. Single family homes are excluded from the use of recycled water. Learn more about the Recycled Water System Expansion Construction Phases Summary.

Smart Meters

For its Smart Grid Program, BWP selected single radio smart meters that only communicate with the utility to provide consumption information for efficient billing. This decision was based on three guiding principles: a one radio system minimizes the cost of the program; using the meter as a “gateway” into the home is not as efficient as using existing and available internet services; and, leaving the “gateway” decision to the customer puts the control and choice for future features directly into the hands of the customer. As the marketplace matures, customers will have the choice to add more communications later to take advantage of new products and services. These meters also allow for remote service connection and efficient alerts of power outages.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The EV charging stations operated through the ChargePoint America Network, feature the latest technology, such as SMS or email notifications to the driver when charging is complete. The ChargePoint America Network makes plug-in electric vehicle charging more convenient for drivers; they are able to locate and reserve available public charging stations, including via a mobile phone application, and to track energy usage and greenhouse gas savings, as well as view their account history. EV users are able to locate the new stations on the ChargePoint Network website, which shows real-time availability of chargers, as well as on the BWP website, which also includes helpful tips about EVs and chargers.