In California, celebrities blasted for failing to comply with drought restrictions

Several celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Sylvester Stallone, have received warnings for not following water-use restrictions imposed by California’s ongoing drought, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

These restrictions apply in several areas of Southern California, including the affluent neighborhoods of Calabasas and Hidden Hills.

But more than 2,000 residents in these two areas, known for their green lawns and huge swimming pools, continue to exceed the approved limit, sometimes by far.

Kim Kardashian, like her sister Kourtney, both reality TV stars, were pinned multiple times in June, citing official documents, according to the Los Angeles Times.




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A home in Hidden Hills and adjacent land owned by a Kim Kardashian-affiliated trust exceeded its water allotment by a total of nearly 880,000 liters. A home owned by Kourtney Kardashian in Calabasas overflowed with nearly 800,000 gallons.

Sylvester Stallone’s Hidden Hills residence exceeded its June quota by 870,000 liters – 533% more than the cap.




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Violators are initially fined hundreds of dollars, but recalcitrant and repeat offenders — often wealthy — can have their water reduced to a trickle.

Authorities in the Las Virgenes municipal water district, which includes Calabasas and Hidden Hills, have already installed flow-restriction devices on about 20 main shut-off valves on the property, the newspaper reported.

Contacted by AFP, a representative for the Kardashian sisters had not responded for the time being.

Mr Stallone’s lawyer told the Daily his article risked “misrepresenting” the situation at a property with around 500 mature trees and said his clients had “preemptively” installed an irrigation system and allowed some lawns to die.

More Southern Californians are replacing their water-hungry lawns with more resilient plants native to the region.

In the face of more than two decades of devastating droughts, made worse by climate change, the state of California has announced a new strategy to collect, treat and desalinate significantly more water.

Las Virgenes spokesman Mike McNutt said he hopes celebrities will lead by example when it comes to following the rules.

“People listen to you, watch you, appreciate what you do,” he said.

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