Move over, Wet Prince of Bel Air. California has a new top residential water guzzler. Someone in Rancho Santa Fe, California, used 13.8 million gallons of water during the year ending Sept. 30, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune, enough for 110 typical homes.
Oakland Athletics mastermind Billy Beane is among 1,100 residents hit with monetary penalties by the East Bay Municipal Utility District for using too much water during California’s drought.
When water agencies share data on their customers’ usage, and the public learns who the most egregious water wasters are, it generally leads to stronger conservation efforts. But a 1997 law means agencies are under no obligation to release this information.