In Bel-Air, one homeowner is using enough water to sustain 90 households

October 7, 2015 | By | Comments (9)
(David McNew/Getty Images)

(David McNew/Getty Images)

We’re picking our jaws up from our keyboards to bring you this: One homeowner in Bel-Air uses 11.8 million gallons of water a year—that’s 1,300 gallons an hour and enough for 90 households.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 14: Water flows into the street from a house where sprinklers continue to run during the midday summer heat the same day Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law water usage limits for residents and businesses on August 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. On June 4, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought. Los Angeles residents are now prohibited from watering their lawns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and from watering for more than 15 minutes a day. First-time offenders are issued a warning, but a second offense can result in a $100-dollar fine. Fines can rise as high as $300 after that. Businesses found wasting water can be fined $200 to $600 per offense. If the drought worsens, officials say they plan to limit outdoor watering to Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(David McNew/Getty Images)

Reveal’s report lists over 100 million-gallon users in LA and the East Bay, and just under 100 in San Diego, keeping all names secret.

While the rest of us have buckets strewn around the house to collect extra water, are converting to gray water,  are timing our showers, and doing everything we can to conserve water in the garden and even when we cook, it’s clear that some people in California still believe they’re above the drought. It’s a level of entitlement that makes me sick and has me worried about our future.



  1. M.ODell

    Where in the hell is it going? Absolutely disgusting! We have farmers here in California that are not getting water! Do people not understand that the farmers have to have water to feed our nation!

    April 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm
  2. Nox

    These Getty Images photos are a Pasadena City Councilperson’s home. The house photographed is in Pasadena.

    April 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
  3. Michael (@EagleSoarsUSA)

    The same water that is here has been here for hundreds of years. The problem is TOOO MANY PEOPLE. I have watched as housing developments keep popping up all over the place. It is called supply and demand. The demand has gone up and the supply has gone down. Some day there will not be enough to go around and there will be no vegetation and water will be like gold.

    April 8, 2016 at 10:42 am
  4. Ron Stewart

    goggle satellite map it and get the address.. Thanks, James… James Bond 007..

    October 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  5. Dana E

    Amy, that’s not exactly right. The laws from the 90s make it so the water agencies don’t HAVE to release the names (they use to be required to release them), but they can release them at their discretion. The fact that they refuse to do so is a choice–albeit one likely made with legal and liability concerns in mind. Regardless, it is absolutely insane.

    October 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm
  6. Kelly Fassino

    Selfish entitled asshats!

    October 8, 2015 at 5:27 pm
  7. Amy Heckathorn

    The water utility company can’t release the name or address of the user because of laws passed after the drought in the 80’s. Listen to the Reveal podcast to get the full story – It is crazy.

    October 8, 2015 at 10:32 am
  8. Tommie McKee

    All they have to do is pay. No sanctions, no penalties.

    October 8, 2015 at 8:37 am
  9. Diana Trepesowsky

    I’d be interested to learn what sanctions are levied against this person or persons. Or are they getting off scot free?

    October 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm

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