Scorn in Beverly Hills as the upmarket California town is fined for doing too little to save water in the unrelenting four-year drought. Paul Chapman reports.
Beverly Hills cops drought fine
The upmarket town of Beverly Hills is one of four in California whose water utilities have been fined for doing too little to save water during the state’s devastating drought.
Some are scornful about the impact the $61,000 penalty will have in the wealthy Los Angles area municipality.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) RICHARD GREENE, FORMER BEVERLY HILLS RESIDENT, SAYING:
“It actually seems to minimise the importance of water conservation when you’re fining the wealthiest municipality $61,000 which is pocket change for most of the people you see walking up and down this street.”
(SOUNDBITE)(English) BURON SIRAVEA, VISITOR TO BEVERLY HILLS, SAYING:
“Here the people have a lot of money, they don’t care about that. This is the problem.”
Beverly Hills is the only non-desert community singled out for penalties.
The California State Water Resources Board says its residents used about 169 gallons of water per person during September. Residents of Los Angeles used just 68.
City officials say they’re trying to meet conservation goals and a penalty system for individuals who waste water has now started.