Neighbors Drought-Shame Celebrities For Lush, Green Lawns
Celebrities around Los Angeles are taking heat from their neighbors for wasting water on lush lawns in the midst of a serious drought. But chances are that drought shaming and $100 fines from the city won't change most of their watering routines.
From almond farmers to bark beetles, there's been a lot of drought-related finger-pointing lately. And now the neighbors of Kimye, JLo and Barbara Streisand are drought-shaming the celebrities for maintaining giant, well-watered estates in the wealthy cities in Northwest Los Angeles, including Calabasas and Hidden Hills.
While new state mandates will require that the water-happy residents will have to cut usage by 36 percent next year, comments from neighbors and aerial photos of their properties from Page Six, suggest most aren't taking the drought too seriously. Especially considering the overusage fees for water under the new guidelines will top out at $100.
"The Kardashian flowers and hedges are right in our face. It's disgusting. You walk by and you can smell the freshness," one vocal Hidden Hills neighbor told Page Six. “Let them drink dust!”
The green acres of Kim and Kanye reportedly includes two vineyards, two pools and 'sprawling outdoor space.'
A spokesperson for the two celebrities, on the other hand, counters that: "Kim takes this drought seriously and has made some amendments to the property [since buying it]. She has no problem letting her grass go brown."
Other celebrities in the area and elsewhere in Los Angeles who are drawing the ire of there neighbors for their thirsty, lavish lawns include Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Barbara Streisand and Hugh Hefner.
According to one official from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which supplies water to many in the affluent northwest area: "70 percent of the district's water is going to the lawn maintenance of about 100 manicured estates."