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No fine for Burbank utility manager who illegally drained pool

July 18, 2011 |  7:38 am

Officials say they will not force the general manager of Burbank Water and Power to pay $25,000 for draining his home pool without a permit, but he and the city still could be subject to a fine.

Whether one is issued to Ron Davis could depend on the outcome of an investigation by state water quality officials.

Sam Unger, executive officer for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board for the Los Angeles region, told the Burbank Leader the state may fine the city if a violation has occurred.

“We will conduct our own investigation,” Unger said. “We are looking for evidence of a discharge of waste.”

The discharge was cited in a report submitted to the Public Works Department by an inspector on June 16, which found that Davis violated city and Los Angeles County regulations by draining his pool without a permit.

Cities generally require permits for pool drainage to ensure that chlorine and other chemicals do not make it into the storm drain system, from which it eventually would end up in the ocean and harm marine life, said Kerjon Lee, public affairs manager for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.

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