Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Hart are among hundreds of residents of an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood who have received warnings about using water during a ‘severe’ drought emergency, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The celebrities are among more than 2,000 patrons in the San Fernando Valley, Calabasas and Hidden Hills enclaves who have received “exceedance notices” from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD), the newspaper reports.
It comes after the agency declared a drought emergency at the end of 2021 and further increased restrictions in June this year.
Reviews suggest customers, including the kardashians sisters, stallion and Stag have used more than 150% of their monthly water budgets at least four times since then, according to the LA Times, which obtained the documents sent to residents in May and June after filing a request under the California Public Records Act.
Residents who abuse face penalties, the LVMWD warned in a tweet earlier in August. Properties subject to warnings may see flow restriction devices installed.
Former American basketball player Dwyane Wade and his actress wife Gabrielle Union are also among the locals who have been contacted, along with lawyers, doctors and Hollywood executives.
“Guests should adhere to the water reduction and water conservation measures that are in place due to this emergency,” the notices read.
Drought in the western United States produced the region’s driest two decades in at least 1,200 years, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The district of Las Virgenes launched the third stage of water restrictions – of four stages in total, with the third being labeled “severe” – on June 1, limiting outdoor watering to one day a week.
According to the LA Times, Stallone’s property was among those that used more than its allotted budget in May and June.
The action man’s attorney, Marty Singer, is quoted in the report as saying the numbers could “misrepresent and misrepresent the situation regarding water use on my client’s property.”
He continued: “They have over 500 mature trees on the property, including countless fruit trees as well as pine trees. Without proper watering they would in all likelihood die. This could result in dead or damaged trees falling. on my client’s property or neighboring properties.”
Mr Singer said Stallone had “responsibly and proactively dealt with the situation”, leaving some grasses to die and watering areas with a drip irrigation system, and was also awaiting further inspection and instructions on how to proceed with mature trees.
“I am confident that all of the larger properties in the area have similar issues,” the attorney’s statement added. “So I hope my client won’t be unfairly singled out in the story for being a famous person.”
Former NBA star Wade also reportedly responded to the report, attributing the excessive water use to a problem with their pool. He and Union said they have “taken drastic measures to reduce water usage in accordance with new city guidelines and since we moved into our home” and are “doing everything we can to rectify the situation”.
Earlier in August, the California grid operator also urged the state’s 40 million residents to reduce their electricity consumption.
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Sky News has contacted reps for Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart and Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union for comment.