Well-known figures make latest EBMUD water-waster list

Danville leads all communities with 580 violations in 2-month period

Popular athletes, including San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, as well as an exercise industry leader and a rock star are part of a who's who of water wasters identified Thursday by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).

EBMUD officials Thursday identified customers who in a two-month billing cycle ending in October or November violated the excessive water use ordinance, which imposes fines on suspected water wasters as a reaction to the state's drought.

EBMUD has been periodically releasing names of violators of the ordinance, which fines single-family residential customers $2 for each unit -- or 748 gallons -- that is used over an 80-unit threshold.

Included on Thursday's list were Posey, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil.

Mastrov, a Lafayette resident, came in second behind St. Moritz Dorf LLC, a private company with an Alamo property, for most water use on this list, which doesn't account for those contesting their fines.

St. Moritz Dorf consumed the equivalent of 11,182 gallons of water per day, while Mastrov used a 10,547-gallon daily average, according to EBMUD records.

Posey, who lives in Lafayette, and Neil, of Danville, were much lower on the list at 3,390 gallons a day and 2,294 gallons, respectively.

Former Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi also made an appearance on the records. There was an average daily 1,670-gallon use reported at her Alamo residence.

No one on the list topped the 12,579 gallons per day drained at the Danville home of George Kirkland, a former Chevron executive, during a previous two-month billing cycle between July and August.

Kirkland reappeared on Thursday's list and was still in the top 10 with a reported use of 6,408 gallons of water per day.

Also making another showing was Oakland A's executive Billy Beane, a Danville resident who had the third-highest total usage in that prior list under Kirkland. Beane used 3,565 gallons per day this time, compared to a previous 5,996-gallon average.

There were 1,802 violations in all during the two-month period released Thursday, EBMUD officials said.

Most of those violations, 580 of them, occurred in Danville. There were about 315 in Lafayette and just under 300 in Orinda.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Jimbo
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

Top water waster St. Moritz Dorf LLC is connected to Serenity Vineyards, which is based at 10 Serenity Lane in Alamo, a home currently for sale for $42 million, and owned by Indy 500 winning team owner Kevin Kalkoven.

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Posted by Long term resident
a resident of Danville
on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

Of course we should all conserve water but this wall of shame list seems somewhat hypocritical. EBMUD wastes our tax money with hundreds and hundreds of employees earning over $100,000 and even more when you factor in pension and medical benefits.
Plus EBMUD and the State of California has shown little or no foresight in managing our water resources. Isn't that one of their primary responsibilities? They have failed us. Shame on them.

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Posted by Resident of San Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:43 am

I find this really very sad that making a naughty list is considered the best way to deal with this situation. Calling out well known people in the area and using their names & where they live is just not right. All of them own larger homes and I am sure they are not trying to overuse water. We try and teach our children not to bully and shame anyone as this causes a lot more harm than good! This feels like much of the same. I don't like posting comments because everyone has an opinion of their own but I thought this naughty list was over. Happy Holidays...

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