LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Despite calls for Angelenos to slash their water use during the statewide drought, the Los Angeles mayoral mansion consumes about five times the water of an average home, according to reports.
Getty House, the official residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti, uses about 2,100 gallons of water per day, according to data cited by the L.A. Weekly.
While the number is about 3 percent less than the amount used by Garcetti’s predecessor, former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it could raise questions about Garcetti’s call for Angelenos to cut their own water use by 20 percent by 2016.
KNX 1070′s Jon Baird reports Garcetti has taken steps to make the lawn outside the Hancock Park mansion more drought-friendly, including replacing turf and upgrading the irrigation system.
But with a reported water use rate of about 5.4 times greater than the roughly 390 gallons used by the average L.A. household, Getty House still uses more water than some comparable homes in upscale neighborhoods such as Pacific Palisades.