Rules for you but not for me?
Residents across the state, including those in San Diego County, are being urged to reduce their water usage in response to a prolonged drought, but some big-name celebrities are being called out for not doing their part.
The Municipal Water District of Las Virgenes has sent warning notices to more than 2,000 of its customers who have exceeded their monthly water budget at least four times since a drought emergency was declared at the end of the year. year, reported the Los Angeles Times. Among those who received the notices were Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, comedian Kevin Hart, retired basketball star Dwyane Wade and actor Sylvester Stallone, the Times reported.
“Customers are expected to adhere to the water use reduction and water conservation measures that are in place due to this emergency,” the notices state, according to The Times, which obtained copies of the documents through through a request under the Public Records Act.
The Times reported that Wade’s Hidden Hills property exceeded its June water allowance by 1,400%. Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, wrote in a statement to The Times that the overage was largely due to a problem with their swimming pool, but said they had taken “drastic measures” to reduce their use.
“We have replaced all parts of our pool system that (have) to do with water flow and leaks in addition to converting to synthetic grass and drought resistant plants to reduce our water usage” , they said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the city and the water company to make sure this is not an issue in the future.”
Stallone’s attorney, Marty Singer, sent the newspaper a statement saying the actor has also taken steps to reduce water usage, but noted that the actor and his wife “have over 500 mature trees. on the property” that require adequate watering. He said the couple are awaiting a city inspection for further guidance on how to handle the watering of the trees.
The Times reported that the list of people receiving warnings from the district also included lawyers, doctors and Hollywood executives. Reps for Hart and the Kardashians did not respond to The Times’ request for comment.
A representative for LVMWD told The Times that it will install “flow restrictors” in properties that prove to be the worst offenders and do not solve the water use problem. Mike McNutt told the newspaper he hopes celebrities will step up and lead by example.
“People listen to you, people watch you, people appreciate what you do,” he said. “…We need you to take the lead, to be examples and to be leaders for other people to follow. This is the most critical thing anyone in that bracket, or who has those resources, can do to influence and help behavioral changes in others.
–City News Service