San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain has been fined for excessive water use at his home in Alamo, Calif. Credit: Ben Margot/Associated Press
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain has been fined for excessive water use at his home in Alamo, Calif.Credit: Ben Margot/Associated Press

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.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior reporter and producer for Reveal. She's also been a senior writer for Salon and Fast Company. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Slate and on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Her coverage has won national awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award two years in a row, an Online News Association Award, a Webby Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. Mieszkowski has a bachelor's degree from Yale University. She is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Lance Williams is a senior reporter for Reveal, focusing on money and politics. He has twice won journalism’s George Polk Award – for medical reporting while at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and for coverage of the BALCO sports steroid scandal while at the San Francisco Chronicle. With partner Mark Fainaru-Wada, Williams wrote the national bestseller “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports.” In 2006, the reporting duo was held in contempt of court and threatened with 18 months in federal prison for refusing to testify about their confidential sources on the BALCO investigation. The subpoenas were later withdrawn. Williams’ reporting also has been honored with the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Edgar A. Poe Award; the Gerald Loeb Award for financial reporting; and the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. He graduated from Brown University and UC Berkeley. He also worked at the San Francisco Examiner, the Oakland Tribune and the Daily Review in Hayward, California. Williams is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.