Just in time for the holidays, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EMBUD) has released its fourth naughty list of the district's biggest water violators. The roster of customers using more than the drought-imposed water limit (1,000 gallons per day), reads like an East Bay celebrity roster. According to the Oakland Tribune, the list of violators includes San Francisco Giant's Buster Posey, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil.
The list is for the billing period between October 24 to November 20. According to the Tribune, Posey's Lafayette household consumed 3,390 per day; Yamaguchi's Alamo property was listed at 1,670 gallons per day; and Neil's Danville home drank up 2,293 gallons per day.
They are not alone. Roy Jacuzzi's (yes, that Jacuzzi) Orinda household used up 2,605 per day; Blackhawk developer and former Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring's home guzzled 2,780 gallons daily; and retired NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew's home used 4,263 gallons per day. Near the top of the list is 24-Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov, whose Lafayette home used a whopping 10,456 gallons per day.
Judging by what a EMBUD spokesperson told the Tribune, public shaming might have some water-saving effects. Since releasing the first violator list this summer, two-thirds of repeat offenders in the district reduced their water usage by 20 percent.