Amy Poehler and Other Celebrities Called Out For Excessive Water Use

With California well into its fourth year of drought, many residents have changed their water usage in response to the crisis, which experts say is the worst the state has seen in 1,200 years.

However, some residents haven’t changed their ways. In fact, certain municipalities have been noted for shaming customers who conspicuously waste water.

One of the high profile residents to be called out for gratuitous water use was actress and comedian Amy Poehler.

Poehler’s home in Beverly Hills apparently used about 170,000 gallons of water from May 14 through July 14, 2015 — which is about 12,000 gallons per day. These figures are compared to the 196 gallons a day that the average L.A. resident normally uses daily.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the former “SNL” cast member was charged $2,200 for excessive water use. City water officials, who publicly called out Poehler, were reportedly doing it as a part of a larger effort to shame California residents who waste water by making an example of celebrities.

Other L.A. big-shots were noted for the over use of water. Media Mogul David Geffen was fined for using as much as 27,000 gallons of water a day, which is “roughly 60 times what an average Los Angeles family uses and about 9,000 gallons more per day than what Geffen was allowed.”

Lawns and swimming pools, especially, are luxuries that the uber-rich in particular have grown accustomed to. 

The landscaping industry, which generates $73 billion annually, is definitely taking a hit in California. As a result, many Californians have embraced alternative types of landscaping styles, like xeriscaping, which uses rocks, native plants, and plants that don’t require much water, to replace their thirsty and wasteful lawns.

Of the fines imposed on the celebrities, city spokeswoman Therese Kosterman said, “We believe that the penalty surcharges have had an impact. Many different tools are necessary in order to achieve… deep cuts in water conservation.”

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