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Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images; Joe Maher/Getty Images for Paramount ; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME; The Met Museum/Vogue; Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images; In the midst of a catastrophic drought emergency affecting all of Southern California, some of the most well-known celebrities in Los Angeles are coming under fire after being exposed for using excessive amounts of water.
The worst offenders in Southern California include Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney, according to Mike McNutt, a spokesman for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, who talked to NPR.
The district, which serves the affluent cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and Westlake Village, has issued the two “notices of exceedance.” Residents in the district who have exceeded their department-allotted monthly water use budget by at least four times receive those notices, according to McNutt.
And they are not the only ones—reality TV stars as well.
Additionally, despite numerous warnings and fines, comedian Kevin Hart, former NBA player Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, and Sylvester Stallone have all been found to be in violation of the district restrictions. Now, the water department could put in flow restriction devices that could cut down on torrential showers to a trickle, which would almost surely leave the rolling lawns around each home brown.
The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the infractions as reported . McNutt confirmed the information on Tuesday, saying that a total of more than 1,600 residents are breaking the law.
He mentioned that the district is entirely dependent on imported water that travels 400 kilometers from the Sierra Nevada mountains. He continued, “We have no groundwater, and we have no other sources to draw from.
The Kardashians, according to McNutt, have been abusing their official water allotment by 150% or more for a number of months since water conservation measures were initially put in place at the end of the previous year.
According to the utility, Kim Kardashian’s two adjacent Hidden Hills parcels consumed more water than they were allowed in June by around 232,000 gallons. She lost an additional 101,000 more gallons to her sister Kourtney, who resides in Calabasas. That much water combined would fill one-half of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
After going over their allotted water usage by 90,000 gallons in the month of June, Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union seem to have started to slow down. The pair said in a statement to the Times that their May bill was startling since they used an additional 489,000 gallons of water that month as a result of a swimming pool breakdown.
The Times was also informed by a spokesperson for Sylvester Stallone and his model wife Jennifer Flavin that their property had a number of large, mature fruit trees that would be in danger if they weren’t properly watered. The pair utilized 230,000 extra gallons of water in June, which is more than 533% of their allotted allotment.
Additionally, Kevin Hart’s 26-acre Calabasas property received more water than the allocated 117,000 gallons.
For those who blatantly disregard conservation requirements, the department has a method for determining fines, according to McNutt. But he admits that the wealthy and famous are not deterred by them.
“The financial penalties will have no significance to the local celebrities, musicians, and athletes since it doesn’t matter. They have enough of money and could spend $5,000 per month on their water bill if they chose to “said he.
In fact, Kim Kardashian was charged over $2,325 for her excessive use. Her empire now includes a line of underwear called Skims. This is almost the same as 38 bodysuits, each costing retail for $62 . Less than the price of three second-row tickets ‘s ticket to the comedian’s concert in Chicago on Thursday, Hart’s fine for June is approximately $1,170. (Single tickets cost $382 apiece, plus any costs.)
The district is now aiming to damage people where it counts.
That would entail setting up a flow restriction system that would automatically cut the amount of outside water used by 70%, according to McNutt.
One must “understand that what they’re doing is they’re taking water away from somebody who could be miles and miles and miles away… who needs it for cooking, cleaning, or bathing,” McNutt said of those who prefer lush, green landscaping over conservation.
Greta Pittenger from NPR contributed to this article.