Some of the top guzzlers of California’s sparse water supply live in San Diego County. Specifically: La Jolla and parts of North County.
Our county’s top individual water user – and the 27th top user in the state – lives in La Jolla and used 4.7 million gallons of water over the course of a year, according to data compiled by The Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco.
The No. 28 and No. 38 biggest water users also live in La Jolla and went through more than 4 million gallons of water a piece.
For perspective, Department of Water Resources estimate 1 million gallons of water is enough for eight California families.
In this latest report, the Center for Investigative Reporting compiled the 365 top water users who guzzled more than 1 million gallons of water between April 2014 and April of this year.
Ninety-two of them live in San Diego County, slightly below Los Angeles and the Bay Area, which both have 100 users above the 1-million-gallon threshold.
Here you can see where the top 101 water users live:
City municipalities declined to provide names and addresses of these exorbitant water users, only providing the amount of water used and the individual user’s zip code.
Other million-gallon water users live in Carmel Valley, Point Loma, Scripps Ranch, Normal Heights, Rancho Bernardo, College Area, Grantville and Carmel Mountain.
The top zip codes of these so-called water hogs are Carmel Valley, with 36 users who consume more than 1 million gallons of water, La Jolla, with 29 top water users, and Rancho Bernardo, which has 12 water hogs.
The top water consumer in the state lives in West Los Angeles and used 11.8 million gallons of water in one year.
Check out The Center for Investigative Reporting’s full report here.