Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane, who had been publicly shamed for pumping 6,000 gallons of water per day at his home, blamed leaky irrigation pipes for his excessive use.
The Secrets of the Drought
Hidden stories from California’s historic drought
Billy Beane and oil exec among East Bay’s biggest water guzzlers
Oakland Athletics mastermind Billy Beane is among 1,100 residents hit with monetary penalties by the East Bay Municipal Utility District for using too much water during California’s drought.
LA City Council to Wet Prince of Bel Air: We’re coming for you
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.
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The hunt to find – and fine – the Wet Prince of Bel Air
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.
California sank, and now it’s set to flood
If California gets hit by a strong El Niño with heavy snow and rain, sinking levees in the Central Valley are more likely to fail and send floodwaters racing across farms, highways and neighborhoods.
High and dry: A deep dive into the water crisis
From the parched California coast to soaring water bills in New York, this episode of Reveal takes an in-depth look at water issues around the country.
Secret super water users
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.
The Wet Prince of Bel Air: Who is California’s biggest water guzzler?
One home in wealthy Bel Air, California, used an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water in one year. The customer, whose identity has not been reve
Have a question about the drought? We want to investigate
We know there are many more stories yet to be told about California’s record-setting drought – and we’re gathering your questions to help tease them out.
California homes are sinking and cracking, thanks to the drought
California’s historic sinking is starting to hit home – literally. In the El Nido region, homes are beginning to sink and crack.