(KTLA) — Some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities are being accused of using too much water as the rest of Southern California tries to conserve during a drought emergency. But water managers say it’s not just the stars that are using more than their fair share — thousands are being warned against using too much water.
They are some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. They are also apparently some of the biggest water wasters in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Calabasas.
Officials from the Las Virgenes municipal water district say the stars, some of whom aren’t even home, are among about 1,600 customers who have exceeded 150% of their monthly water budget at least four times since the agency declared a drought emergency last December.
Now water officials say they can install a device that limits their water consumption to their properties.
“They’re queuing up to get a flow-limiting device on their water meters to limit how much water they continue to use,” said Michael McNutt of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
McNutt says the device will cause indoor faucets to drip out and the outdoor sprinklers to stop from free-flowing to sputtering.
He explains that the only surefire way to avoid getting a power-limiting device is to contact the water district and sign a commitment form that you’ll work with the district to meet regulations. If you don’t, you’ll be given a power-limiting device for two weeks.
“If, after being removed, they continue to exceed their water budget by 150%, it will be turned back on for at least a month,” McNutt said.
Violators will also be hit with some pretty pricey fines for each violation.
Representatives of Stallone and retired NBA star Dwyane Wade say they are taking steps to reduce their water usage. Las Virgenes officials say all stars that have been publicly spotlighted are taking some of the necessary steps.
“The great thing about the celebrities is that they all work with us to get where they need to be,” McNutt said.
District officials say people should ditch thirsty lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping and install drip irrigation, which directs water straight to the root to help save things like trees.
In the meantime, water officials say they’d like to partner with high-profile people to show how they can create a more drought-tolerant California.
“Which I would like them to contact me and work with me to spread public service messages not only about what they do, but also about how people can be like them and be part of the solution” said McNutt. .
Water officials say they have installed about 50 of those flow-limiting devices in various homes. McNutt says none of those are celebrity homes because they’re all working together to reduce their water usage.