With round after round of water restrictions taking effect all around us in recent weeks, Bob Hope Airport commissioners voted this week to move to a watering schedule of 15 minutes a day, per station, for up to three days a week; it will cut down to a single day for the winter months.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority was under no pressure to do so, but as Commissioner Charles Lombardo said, “It’s the right thing to do.”
That it is. In fact, the airport beat Burbank to the water-saving line. Not until next month is the City Council scheduled to consider limiting outdoor irrigation to three days a week, just as summer’s coming to an end and after nearly all the city’s neighbors — and now the airport — have already implemented strict water restrictions.
For all the trouble Glendale’s had in meeting its 10% voluntary cutback in water use, it can’t be said that it lacked the political leadership to enact irrigation restrictions that will no doubt prove to be unpopular with homeowners, especially as those thirsty landscapes wilt.
But as nearly every other agency around us implements similar measures, property owners can at least take heart in knowing that they won’t be the only ones trying to nurse your yards through to winter.