Many Californians are under water restrictions as the American West is becoming more desperate due to the lack of precipitation. An investigation by CBS News Los Angeles shows that a lot of celebrities are still using all the water they want.
Many of the worst water-use culprits in the area are A-listers who live in huge mansions in and around the Calabasas area. Many celebrity households were over their allotted water budgets. According to water records obtained by the team, the household used more water in May than in any other month. In May, the household of the action movie star used 351% of its water budget. More than 500 mature trees on the property, including innumerable fruit trees as well as pine trees, need the extra water, according to Marty Singer. The wife of a comedian and a rapper have gone over budget.
Financial penalties for households that exceed their water budget by more than 200% in the last two months are not much of a punishment. You can't just buy your way out of the situation. Everyone has a role to play. In an interview with CBS2, Joe McDermott said that this is very serious.
The state of California is trying to reduce water use. A disk is placed in a water meter pipe to slow down the flow of water. It is reserved for offenders who go over their water budget for a long period of time. A home that was registered under the Estate of Michael Jackson had a restricter put on it for two weeks as a result of the CBS2 report. Kevin Hart had one put in, but it was taken out of the pipe after a couple of weeks.
The clean water activist from the Julia Roberts film was also on the water use list. She is installing artificial turf on her property in order to lower her water use. Some celebrities have asked to have the disk removed from their water meter and have offered to pay extra to have it gone. He told CBS2 reporters that it was unfair.
Los Angeles residents who can't afford to buy their way out of a dry spell have reduced their water use. The LA Times reported that the city's water usage dropped 9% in June. The lowest June water use on record was achieved here. Many front lawns in the city are brown and dusty because people are not watering them as often.
Millions of people are affected by water use. Concerns were raised that low water levels in the state's largest reservoirs could eventually strain energy sources. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, hydropower will make up only 8% of the state's total power generation, down from 15%. By June, officials across Southern California implemented restrictions that included limiting outdoor watering to only one day a week, after state residents were asked to reduce their water use.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of California is experiencing extreme dry conditions this week, and bodies of water around the state are reaching lows. The LA Times reported that the average water level in the state is only 50%.