A San Francisco Giants pitcher, a former Golden State Warrior and a former Safeway CEO made the latest list of excessive water users released last week by the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Giants pitcher Matt Cain was fined for using 1,272 gallons of water a day at his Alamo home, even though he spends most of his year in Arizona, the Bay Area News Group reported. Adonal Foyle of Orinda, a former center for the Golden State Warriors, used 2,972 gallons per day, while former Safeway CEO Steven Burd’s home sucked down 7,255 gallons.
The latest list of 1,098 customers who violated the water district’s drought restrictions by using too much water at home comes in response to public records requests by Reveal and other news organizations.
These water guzzlers join Oakland A’s mastermind Billy Beane in being fined by the district for their water use. He’s blamed leaky pipes for his watery ways and said he’s “displeased and embarrassed” by the problem.
In October, a Reveal investigation found that there are hundreds of big residential water users around the state guzzling millions of gallons a year, despite all the calls to conserve in the drought. They have been able to do so in secret, unless the water district cites them for violating a local policy.