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Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne Wade and Kevin Hart

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Some of Los Angeles’ most famous celebrities take a hard hit after being exposed to their excessive water use during a severe drought emergency across Southern California.

Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney are among Southern California’s worst offenders, Mike McNutt, a spokesman for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, told NPR.

The couple have received “overrun reports” from the district, which serves the wealthy towns of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village. Those notices are given to district residents who have exceeded their monthly water usage budget allocated by the department at least four times, McNutt said.

And the reality stars aren’t alone.

Comedian Kevin Hart, former NBA star Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, and Sylvester Stallone have also continued to cross county lines despite repeated warnings and fines. Now the water department could install flow-limiting devices that could reduce gushing showers to a trickle, and almost certainly would turn the rolling lawns around their respective mansions brown.

The violations were first reported by the Los Angeles Times. On Tuesday, McNutt confirmed the data, adding that a total of more than 1,600 residents are breaking the rules.

He noted that the district is 100% dependent on imported water from the Sierra Nevada mountains 400 miles away. “We have no groundwater, we have no other alternative sources to draw from,” he added.

McNutt said the Kardashians have violated their official water allowance by 150% or more for several months since the water conservation efforts were first launched late last year.

According to the utility’s tally, he said, Kim Kardashian’s two adjacent lots in Hidden Hills wentbbled up their allotment in June and then some, at about 232,000 gallons. Her sister, Kourtney, who lives in Calabasas, has drained another 101,000 gallons of surplus. Combined, that amount of water would fill half of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union appear to have made some progress in reducing water consumption on their property in June, increasing by 90,000 gallons. But their May bill was staggering — they used an additional 489,000 gallons of water that month due to a pool malfunction, the couple said in a statement to the Time.

Meanwhile, a representative of Sylvester Stallone and his model wife, Jennifer Flavin, told the Time that their property has many large, mature fruit trees that would be at risk without adequate water. In June, the couple used 230,000 excess gallons of water — more than 533% than their allotted budget.

Kevin Hart’s 26-acre property in Calabasas also received more than 117,000 gallons than budgeted for such a lot.

McNutt explained that the department has a formula for calculating fines for those who blatantly ignore conservation guidelines. But he acknowledges that they are hardly a deterrent to the rich and famous.

“For the celebrities or musicians or athletes who all live in the area, fines will be pointless to them because it doesn’t matter. They have a lot of money and if they want to, they can spend $5,000 a month on a water bill,” he said.

Indeed, Kim Kardashian, whose empire now includes a line of undergarments called Skims, was billed about $2,325 for her overuse. That’s the equivalent of about 38 bodysuits, which sell for $62 each. Hart’s fine for June is about $1,170, less than the cost of three second-row tickets to the comedian’s Chicago show on Thursday. (Single tickets sell for $382 each, plus fees.)

Now the neighborhood wants to hit people where it really hurts.

According to McNutt, that would mean installing a current limiter that would automatically reduce outdoor water consumption by 70%.

People who prioritize lush, green landscaping over conservation should “understand that what they’re doing is taking water from someone who may be miles and miles and miles away…who needs it to cook, clean, or bathe, ‘ said McNutt.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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