As most of California is in the grip of a severe drought and calls are mounting for all state residents to reduce their water usage, Kim Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne Wade and Kevin Hart have been identified as among the biggest water wasters in the San Fernando Valley.
As the average Californian used 101 gallons of water a day in June — or about 3,030 for the entire month — these celebrities’ sprawling estates received notices from their local water district for exceeding their water budgets. hundreds of thousands of gallons per month, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
For example, the $18 million, 2.26-acre Hidden Hills property owned by Stallone and his wife, model Jennifer Flavin, used 533% more than its allotted budget in June, or 230,000 excess gallons, a reported the Los Angeles Times, citing records from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
Two properties associated with Kim Kardashian also received “overtaking notices” from the district, which serves the toned, celebrity-filled enclaves of Calabasas and Hidden Hills, the Times reported. Those properties include Kardashian’s Hidden Hills home and its adjoining land, which together exceeded their June water budget by about 232,000 gallons.
Kardashian’s older sister, Kourtney Kardashian, was also called a water waster in the Times report. His 1.86-acre property in nearby Calabasas exceeded its June budget by about 101,000 gallons, records show.
The $18 million Hidden Hills property, owned by NBA star Dwayne Wade, exceeded its water budget more than any other Las Virgenes customer in May — more than 489,000 gallons, The Times reported. Wade and his wife, actor Gabriel Union, reduced their usage somewhat in June — to an excess of 90,000 gallons — but the amount was still 1,400% over their allotted budget, the Times said.
Meanwhile, Hart’s 26-acre Calabasas property used an excess of 117,000 gallons, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Some of these celebrities have defended themselves in statements to The Times. Stallone’s attorney, Marty Singer, says the ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’ star has more than 500 mature trees on his property, including ‘countless’ fruit and pine trees that are ‘in all likelihood’ dying “without adequate watering”.
“This could result in dead or damaged trees falling on my client’s property or neighboring properties,” said Singer, who added that Stallone had tried to “responsibly and proactively” resolve the situation.
“They let the grasses die and other areas are watered by a drip irrigation system,” Singer said. “They have also notified the city regarding the mature trees and are awaiting an inspection and further instructions from the city on what to do next.”
The singer concluded by telling The Times that he hopes the actor isn’t being “unfairly singled out” for being famous.
Wade and Union attributed the overuse of their property to a problem with their swimming pool. The couple insisted they had ‘taken drastic measures to reduce water usage’, including replacing parts of their pool system related to water flow and leaks. They said they are also converting to synthetic turf and drought resistant plants to reduce our water usage.
“We will continue to work with the city and the water company to make sure this is not an issue in the future,” the couple’s statement read.
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Hart did not respond to requests for comment.
The Times report comes as the state enters its third year of devastating drought and after the Las Virgenes Water District issued advisories to more than 2,000 customers. The notices informed customers that they had gone above 150% of their monthly water budgets at least four times since the agency declared a drought emergency late last year.
With advisories, these properties should install flow restriction devices, which can stop lawn sprinklers and mean only a trickle of water comes out of showers.
Las Virgenes imposed severe “phase 3” restrictions on June 1 to reduce consumption by 50% due to an emergency water shortage.
In May, California water regulators ordered local suppliers to take steps to reduce water use to stretch limited supplies this summer, this news agency reported.
Among the many new measures instituted by the new rules, the state banned the use of potable water for irrigating “purely ornamental” lawns in businesses and in common areas of housing estates and homeowners’ associations.
According to the US Drought Monitor, a weekly report published by the federal government and the University of Nebraska, 97% of the state is currently experiencing severe drought and 43% is experiencing extreme drought.