BEL AIR—The community of Bel Air, known for being the home of many of the richest residents, is receiving a crackdown from The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The LADWP claims that if warnings are not taken seriously, residents will be financially effected to the point of having their water shut off completely.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agreed to provide strategies to help residents of the city of Los Angeles to conserve water, due to a plan mandated by the city council on October 14, which hopes to impede the city’s excessive water usage.
According to Revealnews.com, many water consumption limits are being placed on the wealthiest communities as a result of excessive water usage by many of its residents. Many of the state’s “Mega Users” include San Diego’s La Jolla, a wealthy beachfront community, affluent neighborhoods of the Bay Area as well as Bel Air. Records reported by the LADWP indicates that there are 19 households which have pumped more than 2.8 million gallons in the last year, 1 home, which has used up to 11.8 million gallons of water and 365 homes that have pumped 1 million gallons, enough to feed 8 families.
Governor Brown issued a State of Emergency in January 2014, when record-breaking droughts hit the state of California, bringing along with it the worst drought in the state’s history. Brown issued an executive order that would help reduce the amount of water being used with the help of the State Emergency Conservation Regulations.
As a result of the new order, the LADWP is required to regulate water usage by reducing consumption by 16 percent. If these requirements are violated, the LADWP faces a $10,000 fine per day, which will also impact all residents throughout Los Angeles.
City Councilman Paul Koretz issued a statement earlier this month in response to the action that he claims needs to take place, asking LADWP to report back within 30 days on what can be done about the issue.
“We were horrified to read that there were abusers of that scale, and we have to figure out how to get a handle on that,” says Koretz.