Sports Figures Land on List of Bay Area’s Top Water Users

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A number of professional athletes and sports executives in the San Francisco Bay Area are being fined for using too much water amid California’s historic drought.

The Oakland Tribune reports that A’s manager Billy Beane, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, former world champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, retired NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Sacramento Kings co-owner Mark Mastrov were among the 1,862 customers the East Bay Municipal Utility District is citing for excessive water consumption this fall.

To encourage conservation, the utility this summer started charging customers an extra $2 for every 748 gallons of water they used above a two-month limit of 1,000 gallons per day.

Beane, whose home used 3,565 gallons per day, and Mastrov, who averaged 10,456 gallons, both attributed their high usage to leaks that had since been corrected.