True to its word, and to the general acclaim of the so-called “Bucket Brigades” – those of us resigned to showering with a bucket in order to capture some of our precious H2O during this drought of ours – the East Bay Municipal Utility District Thursday released a “Guzzler’s List” of well-funded folk for whom the shortage is no more a bother than a sticky cork in a bottle of 2005 Château Pétrus.
Thursday’s list included many recognizable, some even familiar, captains of industry and a former Golden State Warrior who must shower – a lot – and apparently without benefit of a bucket.
Despite a supposedly state-wide struggle to stave off the impact of a fourth year of drought it appears the watchword for 1,098 EBMUD customers identified as “guzzlers” during a 60-day billing period appears to have been “let it flow.”
Topping the most recent EBMUD listing was Kumarakulasingan “Suri” Suriyakumar, president and chief executive of ARC Document Solutions, a Walnut Creek software company providing reprographic services to the construction industry. Suriyakumar, EBMUD officials said, consumed 9,611 gallons a day at his Diablo compound – a fair bit above the 250 gallons a day drawn by the average EBMUD customer.
While he topped the list of guzzlers, EBMUD officials said Suriyakumar was not alone, with the Top 20 consumers on their list using between 15 and 30 times more water than, well, the rest of us.
An Alamo resident, Michael Carvin, was second to Suriyakumar with 8,764 gallons of water recorded at his residence. Another Alamo man, developer Tom Seeno, rounded out the Top Three – using a hefty 7,841 gallons a day.
Also on the list was former Warrior Adonal Foyle of Orinda – who left the Warriors in 2010 and who consumed 2,979 gallons of water, high enough to make him 42nd in the list of 1,098.
EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said the “Guzzlers” violated the agency’s Excessive Use Penalty Ordinance, which adds penalty fees to those who consume more than 80 units, or 59,840 gallons of water, in a single 60 day billing cycle.
One unit is 748 gallons.
And that’s a lot of shower buckets.