LIST: EBMUD’s list of excessive water use customers includes Oakland A’s Billy Beane, Chevron ex-chairman

A's executive Billy Beane property. He's listed as being in violation of EBMUD excessive water use ordinance.

 

DANVILLE (KRON) — The East Bay Municipal Utility District released a report this week listing all of its customers in violation of the Excessive Water Use Ordinance that went into effect as a response to the state’s devastating drought.

According to the report, William L. “Billy” Beane, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations with the Oakland A’s, used more 359,000 gallons of water during a two month period over the summer, or nearly 6,000 gallons per day.

On Thursday afternoon, aerial images taken over Beane’s 2-acre property in the Hemme Hills above Danville show a plumbing crew making repairs to his backyard pool.

“Three irrigation leaks were recently discovered and corrected. We were more than displeased and embarrassed by the usage,” Beane said in a statement released through the A’s.

Other notables include Mark Pine, a former venture capitalist and CEO of Ubokia, a social commerce site, and George Kirkland, a retired Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President at Chevron.

Kirkland, who lives near Beane on Saddleback Drive, was the highest water user listed in the report. According to EBMUD records, Kirkland used 754,732 gallons of water over a two a month period during the summer, or more than 12,000 gallons of water a day.

Kirkland’s property is listed on Zillow.com as a 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath residence on a 4.08 acre lot, and includes a vineyard.

Being in violation of EBMUD’s excessive use ordinance is a misdemeanor and subject to a $2 penalty for each unit over the 80 unit threshold, according to EBMUD. The fines may seem inconsequential considering the presumed high household incomes for many of these violators. But it’s not about being punitive,

“The message we’re trying to communicate is focused on water conservation, we’re not trying to be punitive,” said EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa.

“It’s meant to be a wake up call. It could be a lot higher, but today it’s not.”

In total, there were 1,108 customers listed on the report.

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