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Burbank awarded for increasing reclaimed water capacity

December 09, 2011

Burbank was honored this week for a major project completed in 2010 that increased the capacity of the city wastewater treatment facility from from 9 to 12.5 million gallons per day.

Burbank received the “Project of the Year” award from the American Public Works Assn. Southern California Chapter at a ceremony on Wednesday, according to an announcement from city officials.

By expanding capacity, the so-called Two-Million-Gallon Equalization Basin captures peak daytime flows for treatment during lower demand times at night, which makes more reclaimed water available for irrigation and other reuse, according to the city.

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As a whole, the project decreases Burbank's dependence on more expensive imported water from the Metropolitan Water District of California, a goal most cities, including Glendale, have been pursuing as utilities seek ways to cut down on costs.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Twitter: @JasonBretWells

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