In California, celebrities pinned for non-compliance with drought restrictions

In California, celebrities are pinned for not- compliance with drought restrictions

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Several celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Sylvester Stallone, have received warnings for not following restrictions on water consumption imposed due to the lingering drought in California, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday . 

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

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

Thus Kim Kardashian, like her sister Kourtney, both stars of reality TV, have been pinned several times in June according to the Los Angeles Times, citing official documents.

A house in Hidden Hills and adjacent land belonging to a trust linked to Kim Kardashian exceeded their water allocation by almost 880,000 liters in total. A house belonging to Kourtney Kardashian in Calabasas was overflowing by almost 380,000 liters.

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

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

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Authorities, which covers Calabasas and Hidden Hills, have already installed flow restriction devices on about 20 property main shutoff valves, the newspaper reported.

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

Mr Stallone's lawyer told the daily that his article risked giving “a false image of the situation” at a property with about 500 mature trees, saying his clients had “preventively” installed a drip irrigation system and left some lawns to die.

More and more residents of the Southern California are replacing their water-hungry lawns with hardier native plants.

Faced with more than two decades of devastating drought exacerbated 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 show the example of following the rules.

“People listen to you, rdent, value what you do,” he said.