Los Angeles officials refused to identify the homeowner who used millions of gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought.
This past year has been an important – and wild – one for us at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting. Here’s a rundown of some of the dust we’ve kicked up, the changes we’ve spurred and the conversations we’ve started in 2015.
Since we sniffed out California’s largest known residential water user, state water agencies have been compelled to act in response to news organizations’ public records requests.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to crack down on the area’s biggest water guzzlers, giving the city’s water agency 30 days to report back on ways to rein in excessive use.
Four Los Angeles city councilmen are pushing the city’s water agency to crack down on the largest guzzlers, while a volunteer “drought posse” is on the lookout for a Bel Air resident who used nearly 12 million gallons in a year.
If you didn’t know California was experiencing a historic drought, driving through the streets of Beverly Hills and Bel Air would only keep you in the dark. Some of the state’s biggest known water guzzlers live here.