According to The Los Angeles Times, the Hidden Hills residence of Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union used 489,000 more gallons of water in May than expected and 90,000 more in June. Three years of intense drought in Southern California have resulted in water restrictions for homeowners. The pair informed The Times they have taken action to “rectify” the issue with their pool and blamed the usage on the issue. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! In May and June, according to The Los Angeles Times , a Hidden Hills, California, residence owned by Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union significantly went over its water allotment.
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which supplies the wealthy cities in the San Fernando Valley, has implemented “stage 3” limitations, which are aimed to cut use by 50% as California struggles with a severe drought for the third consecutive year.
Wade’s property, more than any other client, reportedly received a notification that it had surpassed its budget by 489,000 gallons in May, according to The LA Times. In June, the property used 90,000 more gallons of water than it had planned to.
Wade and Union explained the excessive use in a statement to the LA Times by blaming their pool.
The statement read, “We have been doing everything we can to correct the situation and will continue to go to great efforts to remedy the issue. “In order to use less water, we have changed all pool system components that “have” to do with water flow and leaks. We have also switched to artificial grass and drought-resistant plants. To ensure that this doesn’t become a problem in the future, we will keep cooperating with the city and the water delivery business.”
According to the LA Times, letters concerning exceeding their water budgets were also sent to Sylvester Stallone, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Kevin Hart, and Kim.
The LA Times reports that householders are only allowed to water their lawns for eight minutes on the designated day under the water restrictions. Households that would reduce water usage have also been fitted with water flow restrictor devices.
According to Las Virgenes spokesman Mike McNutt, the water utility company is requesting residents in wealthy communities like Hidden Hills and Calabasas to completely reevaluate their properties in order to reduce water usage.
In a way, McNutt told The Times, “We’re also asking them to just entirely reconsider what is visually pleasant to them and how that’ll effect their property prices.” And it doesn’t happen over night, either.
According to McNutt, there has allegedly been some success; the average daily household use in June 2022 was lower than it was in June 2020, the first year of the drought.