Los Angeles officials have steadfastly refused to identify the Wet Prince of Bel Air, the homeowner who pumped an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought. So we decided to figure it out ourselves. The hard way.
State Sen. Jerry Hill wants California to smack its biggest water users with hefty fines and bad publicity.
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.
Since we sniffed out California’s largest known residential water user, state water agencies have been compelled to act in response to news organizations’ public records requests.
What’s your favorite writing and reporting about water? We’ve been using the hashtag #WaterReads on Twitter to solicit your suggestions. Here are our top picks so far.
A former Golden State Warrior and a former Safeway CEO also made the latest list of excessive water users released by the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Readers sent us dozens of questions regarding California’s crippling drought. Here are answers to some of them, with links to additional resources.
While secret water guzzlers in Beverly Hills aren’t paying fines, the city is now facing one.
After a Reveal report on California’s biggest water wasters, a Sacramento Bee editorial called on lawmakers to end an exemption in the state Public Records Act that allows water agencies to shield the names of its worst offenders.
We asked readers to weigh in by sending questions we should investigate about the state’s ongoing water crisis. Vote for one of the top three here.
Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane, who had been publicly shamed for pumping 6,000 gallons of water per day at his home, blamed leaky irrigation pipes for his excessive use.